Apparently the “change” that Obama has brought to the White House involves funding new ways to avoid the consequences of our irresponsible behavior. On January 23, Obama signed an order to lift the ban on U.S. Government funding to groups that provide abortions in foreign countries. Check out the story here:http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090123/pl_nm/us_obama_abortion
And this is just the beginning….
He’s promised to sign this bill if it reaches his desk….http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_Choice_Act
Like a large portion of America, I was excited about Obama becoming president. He’s a dynamic, motivating figure. But it’s sad that a man with so much power and influence would have such a naïve and abrasive view about abortion. What a horrible abuse of taxpayer’s money and presidential power.
How can someone, especially a husband and father, view human life this way.
As a burden.
As a mistake.
The mistake, Mr. Obama, is not the life of that little child. The mistake is in our failing relationships as husbands and wives. The mistake is in our sex smothered pop culture that teens drown in everyday. The mistake is us not teaching the beauty of physical love at the right time and that just because there are condoms and birth control pills, it doesn’t make sex harmless and safe. Our mistake is made by not keeping women safe from situations of rape and incest.
We have failed as humans when the "mistake" in this situation is defined as an unwanted child, not in the irresponsibility of our physical acts of love or by failing to provide nurturing safe environments where a single woman who has been either raped or impregnated as a teenager feels she can carry the baby to term for adoption.
Would we really rather throw a still developing human in a trash can behind a clinic than see a happy little baby full of life?
Honestly, ask yourself that. Have you ever looked into the eyes of a newborn and found the promise and miracle in those discovering eyes? Or the joy in the barren couple adopting a child? Or the baby born with a disability that proves to be successful and live a normal life despite the negative outlook from his healthcare providers.
Maybe if we loved each other a little more, we would see the beauty and not the burden of a baby in these situations.
Of course the big argument from a liberal point of view, (bear in mind that I take no political side, they’re all equally unproductive and lobbyist controlled) is that it’s a woman’s choice to abort or give birth to a baby. This is the truth. The government has no right to tell her what to do with her body. So why are we attempting to make it easier and easier to have the procedure performed? Isn’t that government intervention? Basically our government is saying, “Continue to be irresponsible with your sexual decisions, we’ll take care of your consequences.” The problem is too complicated for our politicians to take the time to solve, so they come up with a simple means to an end. Erase the situation. Shouldn’t we be expecting more from the supposedly “best and brightest” of our country? Our leaders who are each paid $150,000 dollars and up to govern our lives?
Erase the situation.
Women's rights aren't about the power over one's body; it's about the power OF one's body. Women have the most beautiful gift as a human and we're making the option of disabling that gift into a decision similar to purchasing over-the-counter cold medicine! When did we become so callous and indifferent to the origins of our own creation? We ALL started our lives as a speck in our mother’s womb. What makes my life any different than the life of that baby developing inside her mother?
We're arguing over the wrong part of this scenario. Babies should be created in a loving situation. One night stands, rape, incest, poor planning....are not loving situations. We need to find ways to prevent. Maybe that sounds lofty and unattainable, but I believe it to be the only way.
But, we erase the situation…like it never happened. That’s the best we get from our leaders. I was horrible in math class but I do remember if I erased my answer to a problem and left it blank because I couldn’t solve the equation, I failed that problem. The government has failed on this problem as well.
Here are some options:
1. How about we order idiotic organizations such as “Planned Parenthood” to fork over some of their extensive lobbying budget to help fund sexual awareness counselors in high schools. Hire teachers, mentors, and counselors. Give kids something to do besides each other. (Side Note: This should NOT be dealt with in elementary schools, let them be kids. If children that age are dabbling in sexual promiscuity, that’s our fault as parents and educators for allowing that to pass through their eyes and ears at such an early age.)
2. Put federal restrictions on network TV content. I saw a “Girls Gone Wild” commercial on prime time television the other night. Seriously?
3. Stop pushing the birth control pills like they’re the cure all drugs. This drug isn’t some magical pill that puts up a fence in front of an egg and safely holds up a “Stop” sign to sperm cells…oh…and clears up acne. No, these are serious medications that can do long term damage to a woman’s body and DO cause abortions whether you would like to believe that or not. And a large percentage of women receiving birth control are from….drum roll please…low-income households! Funny then that congress wanted to include $200 million dollars for birth control in the pending economic stimulus package. Low-income families+ cheap birth control=economic growth. We don’t want to have to provide health care or educate anyone below the poverty level now do we?
I have many more ideas, but I’m not intending to write a book here.
Bottom line…our government and country are afraid to cross these ridiculous political party lines and stray from lobbyists, to find real solutions to this moral problem. Birth control, condoms, Morning After pills, abortions…are NOT solutions. Communication, prevention education, parental accountability, and sexual responsibility ARE solutions. But one of the most important is selflessness. Something a government cannot give us.
We must begin as a culture to look at sexuality, human life, relationships, and youth as precious gifts. We’ve lost track of the art of loving our relationships. The core of which is giving ourselves up for one another.
We only search for what will further our own happiness. A child should be the product of two people who are literally willing to die for each other. A child is a gift for those willing to give of their time, energy, and love. If we can’t give that much in our relationships in the first place, sex should not be in the picture.
Listen, we make mistakes.
There will always be instances where pregnancy stems from a one night stand, rape, incest, an unprepared couple, etc. But why can’t we take a different approach than murdering the result? Why can’t we work together to provide safe, healthy atmospheres to carry these babies full term? Why should they suffer our consequence?
While on the campaign trail for president, Obama was quoted as saying,
“I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.”
What a weak view. What a sad way to teach your children about human life. That there are no repercussions to sexual experimentation and that the gift her body holds in the ability to bring new life is less important than her naïve choice.
Since 1973, choice has been more important than the lives of close to 50 million aborted children.
These were our children…maybe our next world leader…maybe your future best friend.
The “change” we need to make is in our hearts, not in our pride and politics.