First, if you think that one person has the right to determine the value of another person’s life in the form of abortion, please visit Abort73 .
One Issue Voting
Second, if you’re not sure that there’s a reason to make abortion the central issue of focus for your voting, read author and pastor John Piper’s helpful article on why this makes sense biblically and logically.
Obama’s View Overview
Next, to understand Barack Obama’s extreme stance on abortion start with Robert P. George’s great essay. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University (see: SMART!)
From there, read one or both of these helpful summaries and commentaries of George’s article from Dr. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Justin Taylor, editor for Crossway Publishing. Also, Taylor provides a helpful explanation of FOCA, the Freedom of Choice Act, which Obama has promised will be his first legislative act as president. Here is a summary of the act from that article:
“…abortion on demand will become codified [the code of law], all regulations and restrictions will be stripped away, Christian hospitals and physicians will not have a choice regarding the performance of abortion (since their accrediting agencies are approved by the federal government), teenagers will not have to tell their parents about an abortion, and prolife taxpayers will be forced to pay for abortions at any stage of the pregnancy for any reason.”
Abortion’s Not Cool
Next, I would especially suggest reading Randy Alcorn’s article on how despite a strong desire to support “cool” Obama, understanding his pro-abortion position made it impossible for Alcorn to do so.
Obama Doesn’t Value Life
Finally, here’s my commentary:
I have heard many attempts to paint Obama, despite his pro-choice stance, as the candidate who most values life. But what does he value about human life? The idea that one can support abortion and still value human life as God intends (both pro-abortion and pro-life at the same time) is logically ridiculous and those promoting this idea suppose that it’s hearers are just plain dumb. Life, according to Obama, is valued if you happen to be one of the lucky ones that survive. A person’s only value is found in whether the people who took part in something intended to create life, “want” the life that results (Yes, I know there are cases of abortion involving rape or threat to the life of the mother that don’t fall under this description. But these exceptions are the extreme minority of abortions.) If you survive that test of being “wanted” by another fallible human being, you’re told you’re worthy to be cared for – to have lower taxes, receive health care and not die in war, some of the things that seem to prove Obama’s life-affirming position. However, “wanted” is a much less tolerant and accepting standard than even God’s which says that you have value because you were made by him. Mike Huckabee (former presidential candidate) helpfully distinguished his pro-life position from a republican status quo by stating that “life begins at conception, but doesn’t end at birth.” Obama’s position seems to be that “Life begins and ends when we say so.”
Electing a president is an area where I am pro-choice. I don’t “want” Obama to be president.**
**No Illinois Senators were dismembered and destroyed in the publishing of this blog post