Obama Just Injected Himself in to the Late-term Abortion Debate (Push Back!)

gosnellobamaThe U.S. House of Representatives is about to take a historic vote today on ending abortion for unborn children over 20 weeks old (H.R. 1797, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”).

The bill has been sponsored in large part in reaction to the horrors of the Gosnell abortion clinic.

President Obama has avoided talking about the Gosnell massacre, even though the President is on record supporting every possible abortion, including the type of late-term abortions Gosnell committed. When asked questions about the Gosnell revelations, President Obama and his press secretary always chose to dodge them rather than answer.

Now, however, Obama has chosen to inject himself in to this national debate:

The President has issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating his advisors would recommend that he veto the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act if it were presented for his signature.  The statement reads:

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 1797, which would unacceptably restrict women’s health and reproductive rights and is an assault on a woman’s right to choose. Women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care, and Government should not inject itself into decisions best made between a woman and her doctor.

Forty years ago, the Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to privacy, including the right to choose. This bill is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and shows contempt for women’s health and rights, the role doctors play in their patients’ health care decisions, and the Constitution. The Administration is continuing its efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, expand access to contraception, support maternal and child health, and minimize the need for abortion. At the same time, the Administration is committed to the protection of women’s health and reproductive freedom and to supporting women and families in the choices they make.

If the President were presented with this legislation, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto this bill.

Okay, media, it’s time to start asking the President questions — the same type of questions I urged them last week to ask top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

Here’s a really basic first question: “Does the President of the United States disagree with the consensus of the medical and scientific community that unborn babies older than 20 weeks feel pain?”

On social media, CatholicVote, myself and others are tweeting under the hashtag #TheyFeelPain to draw attention to the pain unborn babies over 20 weeks old experience. Please do everything you can to raise the volume on this issue today as we urge the House of Representatives to pass this bill. Spread and share the pro-life messages being sent by pro-life groups and politicians, push back against the lies and distortions being spread by pro-abortion groups and politicians.

And, most importantly, try to contact reporters and those in the media and demand they cover this national news story.

And if you have not yet contacted your Congressman or Congresswoman about supporting HR #1797, please do so right away!


    40 years, five republican presidents, countless conservative supreme court appointments, and Roe V Wade still stands. Maybe Obama isn’t the only problem here and you should seriously wonder if Republicans are maybe more concerned with protecting their big corporate donors than actually doing something about this issue.

    Obama and Pelosi aren’t going to bother listening to the pro-life side but the Republicans should. They have been elected for FORTY YEARS to be on the side against abortion and what do they have to show for it?

  • Martin

    God is Pro-life and obviously Obama is not God.

  • Justa Regularjoe

    So, how about we ask Obama this, “Mr. President. Do you believe that any unborn baby is NOT an individual human being with it’s own distinct DNA? And if so, what gives a woman the right to kill a distinct human being simply because she is inconvenienced by it’s existence?”

    A woman DOES have the right to choose. She can choose with whom she goes out. She can choose with whom she has sex. She can choose whether or not to use birth control. She can choose whether or not to ask the man to use birth control. But, once she’s made her choices, she HAS to live with the consequences. Her role changes from that of participant to that of guardian. But to choose an abortion because she has made poor choices rises to the level of criminal – that child isn’t to be blamed and shouldn’t suffer because the woman was inconvenienced with a pregnancy.

    However, although I don’t support the idea, if a woman becomes pregnant from rape or incest, it can be argued that she should have the right to terminate the pregnancy. I can see where some, either mother or unborn child could suffer psychologically (or possibly physically in cases if incest) . In these cases, the consequences of her choice would be between the woman and God. I would try and counsel the woman to NOT have an abortion, but I would not interfere in her choice in the above circumstances.

    • Erick C

      In cases of rape the child IS just as much of a victim as the woman who suffered that, the child shouldn’t suffer for it. The child is just as much a victim.

    • SM2504

      Excellent post.

  • Mary Nestor

    When a woman becomes pregnant, it’s no longer about her body. It’s about her baby. Why should she be allowed to kill it?

  • Gail Dontigney

    It is sad that we have to limit it to 20 weeks when we know that it is wrong to abort anytime, not just beyond 20 weeks :( Just saying..

    • Thomas Peters

      Gail, one step at a time.

  • Angela

    Wake up Mr. President!

    • Antonio A. Badilla

      He is not asleep. He knows “exactly” what he is doing!

      • Erick C

        You mean endorsing murder, yeah he knows, what he needs to know is that he is supporting something intrinsically wrong and is Not something God would ever bless! He needs that to get into his head.



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