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The President’s statement on the Roe v. Wade anniversary:

Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.

I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.

And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

Albert Mohler calls this “one of the most revealing--and tragic--statements made by any political figure in our times.”

John Piper responded to a similar statement by the President a few years ago:


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29 thoughts on “President Obama and Abortion”

  1. Truth Unites... and Divides says:

    President Obama and Abortion

    “I am committed to protecting this constitutional right.”

    Abortion: Murder for Hire

  2. donsands says:

    John Piper is terrific.
    Obama needs much prayer. He surely is not only pro-abortion, but pro-partial-birth abortion, and infanticide. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPZCXcTwZPY

    Thanks for the post at this time of the year. Over 50,000,000 babies have been killed since 1973.

  3. Mike M says:

    Praise God for JP. Thanks for posting this, JT. Obama will realize the cowardice of this position on one side of eternity or the other.

  4. Michael says:

    Obama is all about his daughters being having “equal” opportunities, even if it requires murder. After all, we wouldn’t want them to be “punished with a baby.”

  5. Terry says:

    I’ve never heard anyone say it better than John Piper did.

  6. Jake says:

    Hmm… Government should not intrude on private family matters… this protects murder, but two men or two women still can’t marry?

  7. It is strangely ironic that the promotion of civil liberty and smaller government are the linchpins to this doctrine. This logic is not even applied throughout the rest of this political platform.

    1. dan says:

      perhaps I’m misunderstanding you, but are you saying that the government shouldn’t legislate abortion issue because it’s a “civil liberty”? In which case I would reply that the issue is not civil liberties but whether a fetus is a human being. If he/she is a human (which I believe to be true), then abortion is no more a civil liberty than murder is.

      1. My point is that liberal ideology promotes bigger government and less individual freedom across the board.

        However, all of a sudden they say it is not the government’s job to intrude on our private lives.

        In essence, the “private” and “rights” rationale is ironic considering the rest of the liberal platform. It is also rare to see the left invoke the Constitution to support their agenda.

  8. donsands says:

    “..but two men or two women still can’t marry?” -Jake

    This is sarcasm, right?

  9. john cho says:

    wait a second… john piper also said it was ok to vote for obama despite the abortion issue which he actually minimzed if you remember, also in a video… shame on john Piper!

    1. Piper never said it was okay to vote for Obama. He said we can celebrate the fact that America has reached a point when a man can be elected president despite the color of his skin. At the same time, Piper was grieved over Obama’s stance on abortion.

  10. Scott C says:

    What Piper said may be the most powerful message directed to the President by anyone. However, I sadly believe Piper undoes the power of this message when he says that he “wept for joy” at his inauguration. I understand he is talking about the election of a black man to the presidency. By why would one weep for joy over any man appointed to the presidency who wants to keep the murder of our children legal whether he is black, white, red, yellow, blue or whatever? That is an in-congruency I cannot quite grasp and I have the deepest respect for Piper.

    1. Jared O says:

      While not the same thing, maybe an illustration from a different situation would help: Let’s say your daughter comes to you with news that she is pregnant out of wedlock, with a man that you never approved of, no less. Initially, you would probably be devastated by the news, but upon further reflection would still be excited you are having a grandchild. And no matter how the child was brought into the world, you would love him/her just the same.

      They don’t match up completely, but we can be overjoyed that to some degree our nation really has overcome a racial biased to the point of electing a black man to the presidential office, while later on further reflection, and as the issue arises, be saddened that he is so committed to a sinful and depraved outlook on the sanctity of human life.

      Besides, complete opposition to Obama’s election, on the basis of his stance on abortion, would be spun as the “religious right” being racist. In this way, Piper can show that he is truly joyful a black man has been elected president, while appalled at this murderous heart towards the unborn.

    2. Steve says:

      He says, “some of us wept for joy,” not “I wept for joy.” Do you know if he personally wept? Or is it just an inclusive plural, like most preachers use whether they have actually experienced the thing or not?

  11. Truth Unites... and Divides says:

    Albert Mohler:

    “Ever since Barack Obama emerged on the national political scene, he has been promoted and protected by a corps of preachers and religious leaders who have tried their best to explain that he is not so pro-abortion as he seems.”

    That would be the Liberal Protestants, Liberal Evangelicals, and Liberal Emergers.

  12. Linda Simms says:

    I total disagree with abortion. Any way you look at it, it is murder…There are too many women looking to adopt a child who can’t have children themselves. And it is so difficult to adobt. If there weren’t so many abortions done in this county and they would give them up for adoptions there would be plenty of babies for eveyone..I have a friend right now who wants a baby and she had tried and tried to adobt but as of yet no success….It is a shame that we in American kill thousands of babies every year….Makes me sick….GOd’s judgement will come upon our nation for all the blood shed…

  13. Dolores Whamond says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a powerful message. I wonder if Mr. President has ever thought about the fact that if not for the grace of God, he would most likely been aborted. A white Mom and a black Dad raised more than just a few eyebrows at that time. I wonder if he realizes that abortion clinics target black neighborhoods. Perhaps the next black President is one of those aborted 1 million babies aborted this year. In New York last year abortion was up 40% and 60% of that # were black babies. This blamed on the economic crisis. How sad! How very Sad!

  14. Ron says:

    “some of us wept for joy at your inauguration”

    Why?, because despite how pro-choice (among other un-biblical things) Obama was/is, people like Piper actually wept, because a black man got elected?!? Sorry, but with all due respect, (and I like Piper very much), that is/was ridiculous.

    The moment Obama got elected the opportunity to replace two, liberal, pro-choice, supreme court justices with two conservative pro-life, supreme court justices, and possibly bring Roe vs. Wade to its knees, vanished for decades to come.

    The only weeping any discerning Christian should have done during his inauguration was for the millions more that his Presidency would stop from ever seeing life outside of the womb.

  15. John Cho says:

    watch this again, and see what piper says about the election: http://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/john-piper-on-the-us-presidential-election/

  16. donsands says:

    “The only weeping any discerning Christian should have done…”

    I know a very fine black pastor who didn’t weep, but he was happy in the sense that a black man was president. He grew up in the south, and knew what the south was like back in the 40’s & 50’s.
    Perhaps this is what Piper is talking about.

    David wept when Saul was killed. Such an evil man, and yet David mourned for him. I guess this could be a different kind of weeping.

    As a white man, I saw the predjudice here in Maryland. It wasn’t as bad as the deep south, but we had a few demonstrations in the 60’s where blacks were not allowed to go. One was a swimming club, and the other an emtertainment park.

    I can not stand Obama. I will not even bother to watch him tonight. The man can not spin the truth enough!

  17. Alicia says:

    i didn’t vote for obama, but i agree with the statement he made about roe vs. wade…remember, yesterdays liberals are todays conservatives…

  18. donsands says:

    “..but i agree with the statement he made about roe vs. wade”

    Obama wants to engrave this law in cement, so it can never be overturned. Is that what you mean?

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