Pro-lifers should keep Obama’s pledge to the Pope handy at all times.
Heretofore Obama and his people have been careful to say they want to reduce the “need” for abortion, not the “number.” Big difference.
But about Obama’s meeting last week with the Pope, Catholic News Service reported:
“The president explicitly expressed his commitment to reducing the numbers of abortions….” [Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi] said.
“Need” is not quantifiable, “number” is. In fact, Obama’s commitment to the Pope directly contradicts a statement in May by Melody Barnes, his White House Director of Domestic Policy Council:
“It is not our goal to reduce the number of abortions.”…. The goal, she insisted, is to “reduce the need for abortions.”
Well, reducing the number is now your goal, Melody. And pro-lifers should jump on that statement. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor did, writing today…
If he is serious about reducing the number of abortions in our country, President Obama should not force taxpayers and private insurance companies to fund them. Abortion groups themselves have made clear that more funding leads to more abortions. I hope that his statement to the pope is evidence that President Obama is willing to join Republicans and Democrats who have expressed their firm commitment to exclude abortion from any health-care plan that moves forward.
I agree with Deal Hudson:
I think the president made one mistake in his meeting with the pope: Obama, once again, brought up his promise of abortion reduction. This puts him on the public record with the Holy Father, something that may come back to haunt him later on.
No one really believes the nonsense about abortion reduction, certainly not prelates like Cardinal Regali who has already pointed out how it contradicts Obama’s plan to provide federal funding for abortions in Washington D.C.
It has already been pointed out that Obama’s real promise is to reduce the “need” for abortion by reducing poverty among mothers who seek abortion for economic reasons.
Thus, the Obama’s administration does not have to target abortion per se, but only pursue his anti-poverty programs.