Obama Misses Deadly Irony of Writing, 'We Need
Fathers To Step Up'
A friend was kind enough to forward pro-abortion
President Barack Obama's Father's Day
Reflections which ran in Parade magazine over
the weekend. I had not seen it until late
yesterday, and perhaps you haven't either. It's
worth reading and thinking about.
The obvious inconsistency [inconsistent, that
is, if you are as militantly anti-life as Obama
is] is his statement, "That is why we need
fathers to step up, to realize that their job
does not end at conception; that what makes you
a man is not the ability to have a child but the
courage to raise one." Tacitly, at least, there
is the acknowledgement that a father's job
begins at the beginning of his child's life
which is at conception.
But what really caught my attention began in the
"As fathers, we need to be involved in our
children's lives not just when it's convenient
or easy, and not just when they're doing
well--but when it's difficult and thankless, and
they're struggling. That is when they need us
Obama has eloquently written of what he went
through when abandoned by his own father, the
price that he paid. Without the selfless
involvement of his maternal grandparents, the
young Barack Obama would never have had the
advantages that made it possible for him someday
to become President.
But the point of his essay in Parade--made over
and over--is that fathers matter, and that they
matter most of all when times are tough.
At the risk of stating the obvious, there are
fewer more difficult times than when the father
of the baby (often, but by no means always, not
married to the mother) learns she is carrying
As men we must never let ourself, or any other
guy, off with the "society tells us"
slogan/excuse. Sure, there are a million ways
the message is conveyed that in such a crisis
pregnancy situation, the decision is exclusively
the woman's. But, deep down, all men know
They don't (or at least shouldn't) need the
results of studies such as Rosemary Crock's
analysis of "Abortion Decision-making Attitudes
of Adolescents Attending Roman Catholic Schools"
which point to the huge impact on the mother's
decision whether to carry the baby to term or to
end his/her life of the father's attitude.
(We'll be writing about Prof. Crock's findings,
delivered last Wednesday at the annual meeting
of The Association for Interdisciplinary
Research in Values and Social Change, in the
next issue of National Right to Life News.)
Men can wash their hands of decision-making
responsibility--they can abandon the
girl/woman-- but not erase their moral and
ethical obligations. They can tell themselves
that "it's a woman's body," but not quiet the
still small voice that tugs at their heart.
I have often thought that, politics aside, Obama
really ought to know better. (I know "politics
aside" is a non-starter for Obama, butů)
And, in fact, he probably does know better. He
simply chose expediency--Democrats nominate only
pro-abortionists for President--over
principle--that we ought to recognize unborn
babies' unalienable right to life. In his heart
Obama knows he is very lucky not to have been
just another abortion statistic.
Although it is very belated, a happy Father's
Day to all the dads out there. We are very, very