Obama: Abortion means everyone gets to “fulfill their dreams”

posted at 12:41 pm on January 22, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

“Everyone”? Well, not exactly, but only if you think for more than a few seconds about human biology and the consequences of abortion. The White House put out this statement today hailing Roe v Wade on its 41st anniversary:

Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.  We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom.  And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children.  Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.

I beg to differ on behalf of the 55 million whose opportunities for freedom and dreams got sucked out of existence when the same thing happened to them. The core value of the freedom to life was denied those millions of victims. Abortion is literally the antithesis of that final sentence, and a horrid parody of reality for “all our children.”

The Hill reports that Republicans plan to make this an issue for the midterms:

On Tuesday, CNN reported that some members of the GOP plan to introduce a resolution at this week’s meeting of the Republican National Committee encouraging Republican candidates to discuss abortion openly.

“The Republican National Committee urges all Republican pro-life candidates, consultants, and other national Republican Political Action Committees to reject a strategy of silence on the abortion issue when candidates are attacked with ‘war on women’ rhetoric,” the resolution reads.

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) also noted the anniversary in a fundraising email to supporters on Wednesday.

“I am proud to have fought (and will continue fighting) for pro-life legislation in Congress. However, like most of the legislation my fellow conservative House members and I pass, the U.S. Senate blocks those bills from becoming law,” Cotton, who is challenging Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark), wrote. “This is just another reason we need to take back the Senate from Harry Reid and President Obama’s other close allies.”

That strategy requires political candidates who can discuss the subject intelligently. We’ve seen what happens when Republicans attempt to “wing it” during interviews, and the media will be as anxious as ever to cast the GOP as “extreme” on abortion. No doubt demagogues like Andrew Cuomo will be delighted to assist, too.

If the RNC really wants to put this issue on the table for 2014, then it had better plan for those eventualities. (They did postpone their winter meeting to allow Republicans on Capitol Hill to participate in March for Life demonstrations today.) The RNC consists in large part of officers from state parties, who should know the candidates who will try to unseat Democratic incumbents, and GOP incumbents whose rhetoric needs polishing. Hold some seminars to accomplish that, and perhaps Republicans can leverage the majority who want to see more restrictions on abortion and expose Democrats as abortion-on-demand advocates to demonstrate the real extremism on this issue.


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Under what circumstance would a test eventually read positive?

The Schaef on January 22, 2014 at 11:23 PM

If conception or implantation occurs. And yes Mr. Akin, a female can still get pregnant if she’s raped on her period.

rogerb on January 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

I work in a private hospital and not the main inner city one where most rape victims are transported via ambulance. If they come in on their own, we see them here. It’s rare to see a rape victim in our ER, maybe one even three-four months.

BTW, it’s standard of care to give them a Plan B pill or insert an IUD, just like you would tell a person to do if they called the office and had unprotected sex or the condom broke. And I can easily recall three races the Republicans threw away because the losing candidate opposed that. (Akin, Mourdoch and Wendy Davis). But as Ed wrote above:

That strategy requires political candidates who can discuss the subject intelligently. We’ve seen what happens when Republicans attempt to “wing it” during interviews, and the media will be as anxious as ever to cast the GOP as “extreme” on abortion.

Marcus on January 23, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Speaking of demagogues, B said he wouldn’t allow his son to play football, but we know he endorsed leaving a failed abortion living infant unattended to die of exposure. I guess one man’s contrast is another man’s soliloquy.

onomo on January 23, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Isn’t there a Computer Animated Graphics expert somewhere out there who is pro-life who can created a videoto show what happens to an unborn child during an abortion? Then, when Republican candidates are called upon to discuss the issue intelligently, they can say, “I have something to show you….”

olesparkie on January 23, 2014 at 7:51 AM

If conception or implantation occurs. And yes Mr. Akin, a female can still get pregnant if she’s raped on her period.

rogerb on January 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Hey, man, thanks for the condescending reply and name-calling in response to a claim I never even made. That makes for some very reasonable discourse.

So now you and Marcus both get this next question: if the treatment is only effective in the case that the woman was impregnated as a result of the attack, in what way is this not the termination of a pregnancy?

The Schaef on January 23, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Republicans discussing abortion will be OK if and only if they keep it simple and don’t engage reporters in deep discussions of theology, biology, or medicine.

It should be enough to say that if the end product of a pregnancy is a human baby then it’s a baby regardless of how far along he or she is in development and as such is deserving of our protection.

Nomas on January 23, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Marcus on January 23, 2014 at 6:53 AM

CurtZHP on January 23, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Republicans discussing abortion will be OK if and only if they keep it simple and don’t engage reporters in deep discussions of theology, biology, or medicine.

It should be enough to say that if the end product of a pregnancy is a human baby then it’s a baby regardless of how far along he or she is in development and as such is deserving of our protection.

Nomas on January 23, 2014 at 8:02 AM

You would think they could at least do that.
I guess that’s what the Benghazi victims were to B. Just late term abortions. Well human to anyone acknowledging morality or principles, but to the liberal progressive, some skin, hair. And as with all failed late term abortions, B felt they should be left to die on their own.
Going to sleep was especially symbolic in that B didn’t have to think, or hear, their screams.
If they engage reporters on anything it certainly shouldn’t be of theology or theory, but I’d say strictly biological. A discussion of blood, bone, and sinew is due. I think. Bounce if off of the scum left’s “just want to kill old people” bs.
Start with, “In light of the left’s mantra, ‘…’”. Paint by numbers at that point. Again, I think.

onomo on January 23, 2014 at 8:38 AM

I’ll say it: “The emperor has no clothes.” to quote Sean Cardinal O’Malley, homily at the Opening Mass for the 2014 National Prayer Vigil in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Wash DC, Jan 21, 2014.

mattmillercr on January 23, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Apologies to mis-citing rogerb in my comment above. Last time I loaded this page it rendered things a bit goofy and I ended up thinking the entire post was his.

The Schaef on January 23, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Apologies to mis-citing rogerb in my comment above. Last time I loaded this page it rendered things a bit goofy and I ended up thinking the entire post was his.

The Schaef on January 23, 2014 at 9:20 AM

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I had a number of similar problems last night, and thought it was my computer.
So now, maybe the problem was Hotair servers, or ‘hackers’?

listens2glenn on January 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

55 million! That’s more than all the dead from all sides in World War II (including starvation, disease and The Holocaust). Only liberals can get by with mass murder on this scale. In Democracies the Fourth Estate used to check such atrocities by exposing the perpetrators but today, alas, the Fourth Estate an important Propaganda Arm of the State.

But Obama is right. 55 million can fulfill their dreams. It’s called ‘Midnight’.

MaiDee on January 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The Schaef on January 23, 2014 at 9:20 AM

 
Accepted.
 
What’s even weirder is how my quote
 

Now, as an MD, how many of your “battered beaten gang bang victim in an Emergency Room who has a negative pregnancy test” instances do you see each year?
 
rogerb on January 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

 
kept getting left out in the replies to it.
 
Regardless, I’m not entirely sure* why we let incidents that are horrible and tragic but statistically don’t happen (and is admitted as such)
 

In 2008, the estimated number of forcible rapes (89,000)…
 
http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/offenses/violent_crime/forcible_rape.html

 
drive the conversation.
 
* I understand emotion works better than facts and data.

rogerb on January 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Regardless, I’m not entirely sure* why we let incidents that are horrible and tragic but statistically don’t happen (and is admitted as such)…drive the conversation.

* I understand emotion works better than facts and data.

rogerb on January 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Par for the course. Same reason one or two yahoos who go on a shooting spree become the banner example for 280 million guns that didn’t kill anybody this year.

The Schaef on January 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Apologies to mis-citing rogerb in my comment above. Last time I loaded this page it rendered things a bit goofy and I ended up thinking the entire post was his.

The Schaef on January 23, 2014 at 9:20 AM

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I had a number of similar problems last night, and thought it was my computer.
So now, maybe the problem was Hotair servers, or ‘hackers’?

listens2glenn on January 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Or maybe it’s because HA uses technology more outdated than healthcare.gov.

Nutstuyu on January 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Or maybe it’s because HA uses technology more outdated than healthcare.gov.

Nutstuyu on January 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Not necessarily true; the Hawaii exchange uses WordPress as its underpinning.

Having said that, the footer no longer encroaches on my text box, so other than the stupid auto-roll ads, I’m pretty happy with the setup.

Not to say I wouldn’t be willing to rebuild their whole thing from scratch, sans WordPress. For a small fee, naturally.

The Schaef on January 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM

It is unclear what, if anything, Obama has done to “reduce the number of unintended pregnancies,” as well as unclear how babies can “fulfill their dreams” after having their limbs pulled apart and their brains sucked out.

Colony14 on January 23, 2014 at 6:48 PM

This is a woman’s choice. Roe vs Wade is not going away….I simply wish this issue would go away

I’m a pro-choice Republican. Most of us are. And as long as Republicans keep shoving pro-life down a woman’s throat, we will never win another national election. Women vote. Men don’t.

And those 55 million abortions mentioned in the article. Who was going to support the children. More taxpayers’ monies?

I’ll probably be crucified for my opinion…what else is new. Women will never vote for a Republican who raves against pro-choice. This is NOT a political issue. Dems make it one, and Republicans fall for it every single time

Redford on January 23, 2014 at 7:39 PM

This is a woman’s choice.

There is nothing particular about women that bestow upon them the right to choose to kill.

And those 55 million abortions mentioned in the article. Who was going to support the children. More taxpayers’ monies?

Redford on January 23, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Fair enough. Better to kill people for societal as well as individual expediency.

Question: why don’t we eliminate the homeless and the mentally incompetent in order to save taxpayer monies?

The Schaef on January 23, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Every poll indicates it’s Democrats who have the extreme positions on abortion. That Republicans not only can’t find a way to exploit that, but can’t defend themselves from an attack as insipid as “the War on Women” speaks to their incompetence.

FishingwFredo on January 27, 2014 at 7:22 AM

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