- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2009


On the evening of Jan. 22, Fox News ran a segment on the 36th annual March for Life that included a clip of President Obama. In it, he explained that his support for abortion on demand without any limits or conditions was based on his belief that women did not seek abortions lightly or without giving their decisions serious consideration.

Unfortunately, the president’s rationale makes no sense because serious consideration preceding a moral decision does not make it right or wrong. Slave owners such as Thomas Jefferson agonized over slavery but never freed their slaves. Hitler thought long and hard about what he would do with political power before he attained it. President Bush no doubt gave careful consideration to permitting enhanced interrogation or torture at Guantanamo Bay. Would Mr. Obama consider any of these actions to be justified because they were deliberated seriously?

Conversely, firefighters who rushed into the Twin Towers to save lives did so without hesitation. That is how people who have inculcated the virtues of courage and self-sacrifice behave. Are their decisions wrong because they are made readily, almost without a second thought? Mr. Obama showed a far better understanding of basic morality when he said in his inaugural address, “It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.” Children at all stages of development, one might add.



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