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President Obama's View On Abortion...

Tonight as I was working away in the office, I had hulu up on one of my many monitors (I got 4 on my desk right now) and was watching President Obama's 100 day press conference when he was asked about his view on abortion.

Now I have been pro-choice for a while. But what I have struggled with is expressing why I am pro-choice. Deep inside me I know why, but I have trouble putting my thoughts and feelings into words. The best I've come up with over the years is "I have never felt its my choice to choose something which affect someone else's body so deeply."

Well, tonight, as I was watching his speech, what Obama said about his views on abortion and the reason he is pro-choice really hit me. What he said is exactly why I am pro-choice:

OBAMA: The reason I'm pro-choice is because I don't think women take that -- that position casually. I think that they struggle with these decisions each and every day. And I think they are in a better position to make these decisions ultimately than members of Congress or a president of the United States, in consultation with their families, with their doctors, with their doctors, with their clergy.
That really just hits the head dead on how I feel. Now you can take it or leave it, love it or hate it, I really do not care. That is what I find so great about this country, is that I am able to have my views & you can have yours, and at the end of the day, we can still get along.

QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. President. In a couple of weeks, you're going to be giving the commencement at Notre Dame. And, as you know, this has caused a lot of controversy among Catholics who are opposed to your position on abortion.

As a candidate, you vowed that one of the very things you wanted to do was sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which, as you know, would eliminate federal, state and local restrictions on abortion. And at one point in the campaign when asked about abortion and life, you said that it was above -- quote, "above my pay grade."

Now that you've been president for 100 days, obviously, your pay grade is a little higher than when you were a senator.

(LAUGHTER)

Do you still hope that Congress quickly sends you the Freedom of Choice Act so you can sign it?

OBAMA: You know, the -- my view on -- on abortion, I think, has been very consistent. I think abortion is a moral issue and an ethical issue.

I think that those who are pro-choice make a mistake when they -- if they suggest -- and I don't want to create straw men here, but I think there are some who suggest that this is simply an issue about women's freedom and that there's no other considerations. I think, look, this is an issue that people have to wrestle with and families and individual women have to wrestle with.

OBAMA: The reason I'm pro-choice is because I don't think women take that -- that position casually. I think that they struggle with these decisions each and every day. And I think they are in a better position to make these decisions ultimately than members of Congress or a president of the United States, in consultation with their families, with their doctors, with their doctors, with their clergy.

So -- so that has been my consistent position. The other thing that I said consistently during the campaign is I would like to reduce the number of unwanted presidencies that result in women feeling compelled to get an abortion, or at least considering getting an abortion, particularly if we can reduce the number of teen pregnancies, which has started to spike up again.

And so I've got a task force within the Domestic Policy Council in the West Wing of the White House that is working with groups both in the pro-choice camp and in the pro-life camp, to see if we can arrive at some consensus on that.

Now, the Freedom of Choice Act is not highest legislative priority. I believe that women should have the right to choose. But I think that the most important thing we can do to tamp down some of the anger surrounding this issue is to focus on those areas that we can agree on. And that's -- that's where I'm going to focus.

Or if you want the full text of his whole speech tonight, check out The Huffington Post transcript.

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punk_cowgirl
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
my philosophy is never kill someone who can't kill you back. its impolite. lol.

aside from that, you should add me as a friend on here. and i'm adding you on msn.
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