Today marks the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wadeâ€”a decision that has resulted in the legal killing of nearly 50 million unborn humans since 1973. Many Americans observe this date with special, pro-life observances. Last Sunday, countless churches across the nation observed “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.” Today, thousands of citizens will march on the nation’s capital in favor of life.
President Barack Obama, however, has other plans. Instead of promoting observances that protect innocent, unborn human life, the President plans to sign an executive order that will increase the number of unborn children to be killed by abortion. Here is how the Los Angeles Times is reporting it:
“In one of his first acts as president, Barack Obama is planning to lift a rule that prevents federal money from going to international family planning groups that counsel women on abortion or perform the procedure. . . He is also considering lifting Bush administration restrictions on federally funded stem cell research.”
According to CNN.com, Obama is using the occasion of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to issue this executive order. I’m sure that in his mind he is merely celebrating a woman’s so-called “right to choose,” but the move amounts to one more affront against the sanctity of human life.
I will have much to say in the coming months and years about Obama’s policies vis a vis the sanctity of human life. I think it is important to make the pro-life case as compellingly as possible because of the priority of winning hearts and minds to a pro-life position.
But I also think it’s important to highlight the folly of certain “Christian” leaders who tried to lead astray a generation of young pro-lifers with the myth that abortions might be reduced under a pro-choice chief executive. On his second day in office when he signs the order that will undoubtedly result in an increase in abortions abroad, the president himself will put the lie to that myth once and for all.