Posted by: Taylor | October 15, 2008

Abortion: The Most Important Topic That Won’t Be Covered At The Presidential Debate

Tonight during the Presidential debate I’m afraid all we will hear discussed is the politics as usual from both candidates.  We will hear them point fingers at each other.  They will attempt to show how they are different from each other.  Mostly they are different just to be different.  But the true differences between Obama and McCain won’t be discussed.  In fact, one of the most important topics probably will not even be addressed.

And what is the most important topic?  Terrorism?  The economy?  Foreign affairs?  Healthcare?  These are all noble subjects, but let’s be honest, both men if elected will attempt to do what they believe is in the best interest of the United States.  Our country’s success is their success.  So, even though both men might come at these trying issues from different angles, both will be doing so with an honorable desire to do the best thing for America. 

But, in my mind there is one issue that seperates these two men dramaticly…abortion.  Rick Warren, the pastor of Saddleback Community Church, asked the candidates a very insightful and thought provoking way.  He asked, “At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?”  This question gets to the heart of the abortion issue.  When does a person become a person?  Barak Obama was unable to give an answer. 

His response should concern everyone.  Why?  Because there have been others in history who have wished to deny personhood to groups for the purpose of explortation.  Examples?  Slavery, the Jewish holocaust, the mentally handicaped, the blind, the deaf, and the lame.

What concerns me so much about Mr. Obama’s view or better said inability to state his view on personhood is that once one group of persons are denied legal rights as a person, then others could be denied as well.  This issue should concern everyone.  Mr. Obama already has a history of disregard for the life of the unborn.  Remember the “Born Alive” bill in his state senate that he refused to vote for which would give medical care to aborted babies if they happened to be born alive even after being aborted.

The question was a simple one.  “At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?”  When the baby is born?  When the child reaches a certain age?  Does Mr. Obama believe that his daughters are persons and therefore worthy of legal rights? 

The reason I think this issue is so important is that there are some individuals who believe that parents should have the right to kill their children all the way up to the age of 2 and sometimes even 4 because children are not in their view a person until the age of 5 or older.

The reason Mr. Obama refused to answer this question is not because he doesn’t have an opinion or know the answer.  He did not give an answer because he has a very strong personal belief.  Mr. Obama believes that babies do not obtain legal status based on viability, but instead, babies are given legal rights based on whether the baby is desired by the mother.  Mr. Obama knew he could not state this.  In other words, one baby is a person with full human rights because their mother wants the baby, and another is an “it” a “lifeless tissue” because the baby’s mother does not want the child.

John McCain on the other hand gave a clear answer to the question.  “Life begins at conception.”  John McCain believes all life is sacried.  John McCain believes in protecting the most innocent among us.  John McCain has a clear record showing that he will continue to protect all life, not just the life of those who are desired by the majority.

I truly believe that if John McCain will start discussing this issue again and confronting Obama on it that McCain could turn this election around.  After the Rick Warren Civil Forum, Obama’s poll numbers fell dramatically.  Why?  I truly believe it is because America did not like Obama’s stance on abortion.  Why is Obama doing so well now?  Because America has a short term memory and because we are too concerned with our pocket books and too little concerned for the most important moral issues.  Be informed.  Know the issues.  And vote your beliefs!

Copyright © October 2008 by Taylor W. Kendrick

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