Motherhood a Blessing, Not a Curse

Touring Pennsylvania, what many consider a make-or-break state for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) took a break from defending his pastor's controversial remarks--and instead made a few of his own. When pressed at a town hall meeting to discuss his approach to the AIDS crisis, Obama talked about the importance of teaching both comprehensive sex education and abstinence. But few on either side of the issue were prepared for the blunt remarks that followed. "The most important prevention is education, which should include...teaching the children... you know, that sex is not something casual... Look, I've got two daughters--9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. I don't want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn't make sense to not give them information [about contraception or abortion]." Reporters have since called the Obama campaign to question his use of the word "punishment." Not surprisingly, pro-lifers are outraged by the statement, which many believe to be a slap in the face of out-of-wedlock mothers and a telling look at the senator's views on unborn children. However harmless Obama meant the comments to be, they do align with his voting record on abortion legislation.  
       
Family Research Council, April 1

Obama’s record on abortion is extreme

He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion -- a practice a fellow Democrat, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once called "too close to infanticide." Obama strongly criticized the Supreme Court decision upholding the partial-birth ban. In the Illinois state Senate, he opposed a bill similar to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which prevents the killing of infants mistakenly left alive by abortion. And now Obama has oddly claimed he would not want his daughters to be "punished with a baby" because of a crisis pregnancy -- hardly a welcoming attitude toward new life.

Michael Gerson, former speech writer for President Bush