Sunday, May 17, 2009

What I wrote tonight on

President Obama,

I've just read the transcript of your speech at Notre Dame this afternoon. I know you're aware of the controversy surrounding your appearance there, given your your support for legal abortion in this country. There are several things you said this afternoon that give me pause, that make me wonder whether you truly support the legality of abortion or at least, whether you've given it much thought at all.

You said,

"For the major threats we face in the 21st century - whether it's global recession or violent extremism; the spread of nuclear weapons or pandemic disease - do not discriminate. They do not recognize borders. They do not see color. They do not target specific ethnic groups."

I wonder: do you see abortion as one of the major threat of the 21st century? It may not be extremism, not in our current political environment, but it is violent. It does not discriminate - except that it kills children of color at a rate much higher than white children. It does not see national boundaries - except that the United States funds this slaughter now, outside of our boundaries more so than it does within our national boundaries.

You said,

"The strong too often dominate the weak, and too many of those with wealth and with power find all manner of justification for their own privilege in the face of poverty and injustice."

When a woman seeks an abortion, who is being served? Who is dominating? The strong woman, with all manner of social and material support, provided both privately and through the government, or the weak child, with no one to speak on his behalf? With no laws, no societal convention, no empathy on his behalf? Those in our country most likely to empathize with the weak are those most likely to declare that the unborn needs no support, no one speaking for him. Who stands up to ensure that the strong woman with legal abortion on her side does no dominate the weak embryo with nothing but a hope and a prayer protecting him? Is killing a young - the very youngest - child really preventing poverty and injustice? It seems to me that destroying the most weak and the most innocent is the most unjust action.

Please, President Obama, help us to stand up for your campaign promises. Help us to support your vision of the country. Help us to ensure that in America, the weak are not subject to the whims of the strong, the desire of the powerful. Speak on behalf of the helpless, the poor, those without a voice - the unborn. Help us to ensure that injustice does not strike at the most innocent of the innocent, the blameless unborn.

**For the record, looking over this, there are sentences I could have phrased better. I sent it without revision, and so revision now would be dishonest. This is how it was submitted to following Obama's speech.

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