Politics, Abortion, and Infanticide: Obama Responds

As I noted yesterday in an earlier post, the grand jury report incident to the indictment for murder and infanticide of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was released earlier this week, and it suggests that what those most opposed to abortion have always claimed about the so-called abortion mills is all too true. As at one reporter put it,

Gosnell and his associates not only broke state law by performing abortions after 24 weeks—they also killed live babies by stabbing them with scissors and cutting their spinal cords. Law enforcement officials found blood-stained furniture, unsterilized instruments and fetal remains scattered about the clinic. At least one woman, a refugee from Nepal, had died under Gosnell’s care after being given repeated injections of a dangerous sedative. Prosecutors said Gosnell made millions from treating and sometimes maiming his patients, who were mostly low-income, minority women.

As it happens, yesterday was the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It offered President Obama, who is a man even more quick to seize upon an event and exploit it as “a teaching moment” than I am, the perfect opportunity to say something about the grand jury report and its larger meaning. Here is what he said:

Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.

I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.

And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

I wonder what sort of dreams he had in mind.

  1. Aaron Miller

    As Senator of Illinois, Obama voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which was intended to outlaw the killing of born babies who had survived abortion attempts, if only because he feared it would lead to further concessions to abortion opponents.

  2. AmishDude

    You don’t undertsand, Paul. This thing didn’t happen. It just didn’t happen. Down the memory hole.

  3. raycon and lindacon

    Perhaps the view of those of us who viewed Roe v. Wade as the end of America as we knew it, can at least be given the respect of having a degree of prescience that the political class disavowed. Hopefully, we were wrong in our expectation of the outcome, only more time will tell, but at this moment, I for one am unconvinced that we were wrong.

  4. sierra

    This pretty much sums up the liberal precedence table, doesn’t it? What happens under ordinary circumstances when a lack of regulation leads to numerous deaths among poor minority members?

  5. flownover

    Let’s see how funding the government provided for Gosnell and his little shop of horrors. And let’s see how well the family members did in other parts of the government and it’s circles of influence . I think you check out the son, you will find him hobnobbing with the powers that be. In short, not only did the government fund this death enterprise, it rewarded it. 

    How many more exist ? Why did Sebelius profit so richly from the Kansas abortion machine named George Tiller (before he was shot ) and does she still, as head of HHS, maintain a protective cocoon for these killers and their ilk ?

  6. Charles Gordon

    The shallowness of his rhetoric and the handicap of his obsessive-compulsive use of straw men—men put limits on abortion to kill the promise of any woman’s ability to impel a full life to her dreams—achieve nothing but diminish the seriousness our historic first Islamic apostate president disingenuously implores.

  7. r r

    The President is making the small government argument here Professor.  What’s the problem? 

    It’s just 40 million dead babies in the last 38 years?  It’s a private family matter.

  8. Jaydee_007
    Charles Gordon: The shallowness of his rhetoric and the handicap of his obsessive-compulsive use of straw men—men put limits on abortion to kill the promise of any woman’s ability to impel a full life to her dreams—achieve nothing but diminish the seriousness our historic first Islamic apostate president disingenuously implores. · Jan 23 at 9:44am

    But he says nothing so eloquently.

    He is a first rate orator, a world class manipulator, and a total incompetent when it comes to things that matter.

    When Life Has No Value, Death Will Have Its Price!

  9. Pseudodionysius

    He represents the views of all Americans, from A to B.

  10. Pseudodionysius

    that government should not intrude on private family matters.

    Or if someone wants to snuff the beginning of a family.

  11. Pseudodionysius
    Samwise Gamgee: The President is making the small government argument here Professor.  What’s the problem? 

    It’s just 40 million dead babies in the last 38 years?  It’s a private family matter. · Jan 23 at 9:45am

    In the President’s metaphysical view, you mean 40 million imaginary Americans. Next, you’re going to tell me that they were disproportionately minority imaginary Americans, with imaginary ultrasound images and imaginary limbs with imaginary hearts beating.

    Cue the John Lennon soundtrack. (Imagine there’s no people).

  12. Lo Fon

     I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that Obama is concerned with the rights, freedoms, opportunities and dreams of our unaborted daughters.

    He should be more clear on this point.

  13. Jaydee_007
    katievs: So, how about if a husband punches his wife?  Is that “a private family matter”?  If parents keep their kids locked in closets is that “a private family matter”?  How about if Uncle John likes to sleep with his underaged niece?  

    I’d be interested to know where the President draws the line. · Jan 23 at 3:26pm

    Essentially, this president doesn’t draw lines, he blurs them.

  14. Pseudodionysius

    If today is the 38th Anniversary, why don’t we allow Jane Roe to speak?

  15. katievs

    So, how about if a husband punches his wife?  Is that “a private family matter”?  If parents keep their kids locked in closets is that “a private family matter”?  How about if Uncle John likes to sleep with his underaged niece?  

    I’d be interested to know where the President draws the line.

  16. Pseudodionysius
    katievs: So, how about if a husband punches his wife?  Is that “a private family matter”?  If parents keep their kids locked in closets is that “a private family matter”?  How about if Uncle John likes to sleep with his underaged niece?  

    I’d be interested to know where the President draws the line. · Jan 23 at 3:26pm

    And those undocumented Americans who mow my lawn, clean my house, bear me the odd illegitimate child.

  17. Charles Mark

    I guess expounding upon the “positives” of abortion is within his pay grade! Speaking of pay one wonders what would happen to his funding from the left if he made any concession whatsoever in respect of the pro life case. And did Clinton not get a pass on Lewinski because he held the line on partial-birth abortion? The reality is that Obama and his ilk will never engage in proper debate about life issues because they cannot win the argument on the merits. Instead they resort to rights-speak and tarring the opposition as religious nuts.

  18. Nathaniel Wright
    And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

    I want to know in what reality “our sons” have the right, freedom, and opporunity to murder the unborn as a “choice.”

    I do note that the “right, freedom, and opportunity” parallels nicely with “means, motive, and opportunity.”

  19. Stuart Creque

    “I wonder what sort of dreams he had in mind.”

    The dream of having sex with whomever you please without worrying about contraception and without giving a second thought to any consequences of that behavior?  I know that there are a number of America’s “sons” who think abortion is a wonderful way for them to fulfill that dream.

    Somehow it doesn’t quite work out the same way for our daughters.  Abortion doesn’t erase the consequences of unprotected sex: it IS a consequence of unprotected sex.

    Lest you think this analysis is somehow misguided or over the top, I offer these words from our President:

    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.