- The Washington Times - Monday, January 19, 2009


Cal Thomas, in “Welcome to prime time” (Commentary, Friday) offers President-elect Barack Obama pro-life suggestions to “disarm social conservatives.” Mr. Obama’s brandished olive branch to “make abortion rare” aside, there is zero evidence that he will protect the lives of prenatal children from abortion. Social-minded conservatives ought to buckle up and define reality, given the brave new choice of Mr. Obama’s Freedom of Choice Act. The FOCA repeals limits on abortion.

So powerful are freedom and choice in the American psyche that when juiced by a populist awakening and a charismatic leader, the political momentum stupefies. Pastor Rick Warren, a battle-tested prolife, conservative-values leader, is guessing Mr. Obama might tolerate concessions to the pro-life view of sanity.

Mr. Thomas humbly asks Mr. Obama to solicit principled legislation that “requires pregnant, abortion-minded women to receive full disclosure,” and to “[e]levate the visibility of pregnancy help centers.” Conversely, the abortion-mill lobby married to Mr. Obama’s success is protocol-driven. Its only goal is more surgical dismemberment and more slow salt poisoning of babies to make money. Historically, people with proven records of activism on radical issues, willing to destroy lives, are usually cheap with mercy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.”



Perry Hall, Md.

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