Obama: Abortion is a 'health benefit'
In his first week in office, President Obama issued an executive order to permit US aid to go to organisations which finance overseas abortions. He says he wants to find ‘common ground’ with pro-lifers, and he told the Pope he would do all he could to limit abortions.
But the reality is that President Obama is weaving government-backed abortion into the fabric of American life and making it a far more integral part of domestic and foreign policy than ever before.
In his draft Democratic plan for health reform, he outlines a universal minimum-benefits package which will be required of every American's health insurance plan, whether provided by a private firm or by the government. It lists, among others, two categories: ‘out-patient hospital services’ and ‘out-patient clinic services’.
Whether abortion is included or not remains to be seen, but it will be decided by a ‘Health Benefits Advisory Committee’ whose membership will be determined by President Obama, who supports live birth abortion, and Kathleen Sebelius, the Health Secretary, who also supports late-term abortions.
If President Obama's preferred health reform becomes law, abortion will be defined as a ‘health benefit’ to be automatically provided to every American family. The restrictions of the last 30 years which have been in place to prevent federal funding being used for almost all abortions will disappear. As soon as abortion on demand is defined as a universal ‘health benefit’, the new narrative will so alter perceptions that the most gruesome methods of infanticide will be presented as good works.
And this vision will be aggressively promoted abroad by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She recently testified that the administration is promoting ‘reproductive health’, which she acknowledged includes ‘access to abortion’. By all accounts, the Democrats are not pursuing this agenda for polling advantage, so sincere conviction becomes the most plausible motive. Sometimes the simplest, most straightforward answer makes the most sense. A president who once said he would not want his daughter ‘punished’ with a baby if she made a mistake is deeply committed to making free and easy access to abortion an inescapable element of American culture.
Cranmer now understands Democratic theology:
If abortion is a ‘health benefit’, it must be a blessing.
If it is a blessing, it must be of God.
If it is of God, it must be good.
But Cranmer is loath to make abortion a religio-political issue. Good grief, no. One must keep religion and politics apart, for the combination invariably proves incendiary.