Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were asked a number of tough questions at a recent event called the “Compassion Forum,” hosted by CNN’s Campbell Brown and Newsweek’s Jon Meacham. Meacham asked the candidates if life begins at conception. Here are their responses:
OBAMA: This is something that I have not come to a firm resolution on. I think it’s very hard to know what that means — when life begins. Is it when a cell separates? Is it when the soul stirs? So I don’t presume to know the answer to that question. What I know, as I’ve said before, is that there is something extraordinarily powerful about potential life and that that has a moral weight to it that we take into consideration when we’re having these debates.
CLINTON: Potential for life begins at conception. . . I am a Methodist, as you know. My church has struggled with this issue. In fact, you can look at the Methodist Book of Discipline and see the contradiction and the challenge of trying to sort that very profound question out. But for me, it is also not only about a potential life — it is about the other lives involved. And, therefore, I have concluded, after great concern and searching my own mind and heart over many years, that our task should be in this pluralistic, diverse life of ours in this nation that individuals must be entrusted to make this profound decision, because the alternative would be such an intrusion of government authority that it would be very difficult to sustain in our kind of open society.
These answers demonstrate the muddle behind much pro-abortion thinking. Neither candidate knows whether or not life begins at conception. One would think, therefore, that their position on abortion would be a cautious one. After all, why would a candidate support the right to kill a being that even might be human life? Yet Obama and Clinton support the right to abortion, nevertheless. Moral confusion reigns among the pro-abortion candidates.
Other questions include the following. Obama was asked what he would tell his children if they asked whether God created the universe in six days. Clinton was asked why she thinks “a loving God allows innocent people to suffer.”
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Here’s a transcript of the entire event: