Whether or not anyone should become an one-issue voter should be left up to the conscience of each individual. Personally, I have made the decision that I cannot in good conscience support any candidate who is opposed to the rights of the unborn. This means that I cannot and will not support Sen. Barack Obama under any circumstances this fall. This isn’t to say that I am necessarily excited overall about Sen. John McCain and the trajectory of his political policies. It simply means that Sen. Obama isn’t even a viable candidate in my mind because of his insistence on choosing to support the powerful over the powerless. Sen. Obama tells us it is time for change in Washington. Unfortunately, if Obama wins this election, I’m concerned that the change we may be in store for is more radical than what mainstream America could possibly anticipate. No where is this concern more clearly demonstrated than through Obama’s view of abortion and its implications on personhood.

Denny Burk posted this on his site and it is worth posting again. It is an excerpt from an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. Daniel Allott writes:

‘According to Barack Obama, Gianna Jessen shouldn’t exist.

‘Miss Jessen is an exquisite example of what antiabortion advocates call a “survivor.” Well into her third trimester of pregnancy, Gianna’s biological mother was injected with a saline solution intended to induce a chemical abortion at a Los Angeles County abortion center. Eighteen hours later, and precious minutes before the abortionist’s arrival, Gianna emerged. Premature and with severe injuries that resulted in cerebral palsy. But alive.

‘Had the abortionist been present at her birth, Gianna would have been killed, perhaps by suffocation. As it was, a startled nurse called an ambulance, and Gianna was rushed to a nearby hospital, where, weighing just two pounds, she was placed in an incubator, then, months later, in foster care.

‘Gianna survived then, and thrives now, because, as she told me recently with a laugh, “I guess I don’t die easy.” Which is what the abortionist might have thought as he signed his victim’s birth certificate. Gianna’s medical records state that she was “born during saline abortion.”

‘As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama twice opposed legislation to define as “persons” babies who survive late-term abortions. Babies like Gianna. Mr. Obama said in a speech on the Illinois Senate floor that he could not accept that babies wholly emerged from their mother’s wombs are “persons,” and thus deserving of equal protection under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.

‘A federal version on the same legislation passed the Senate unanimously and with the support of all but 15 members of the House. Gianna was present when President Bush signed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act in 2002.

‘When I asked Gianna to reflect on Mr. Obama’s candidacy, she paused, then said, “I really hope the American people will have their eyes wide open and choose to be discerning. . . . He is extreme, extreme, extreme.”

Is this really the kind of “change” that America wants? It is true that the Executive branch of our goverment is limited in its power. This means that if Obama becomes President it doesn’t mean that there will be an immediate radical overhaul of abortion laws in this country. However, whomever is elected in November will play a significant role in whether or not abortion laws become narrower or broader in their scope and interpretation. The next President will likely appoint anywhere from two to four justices to the Supreme Court. Think about the long-term implications for personhood on this issue if Obama is in position to appoint the majority of the next court. If a person isn’t a “person” when they emerge from the womb, then is a person a “person” when they are unable to care for and sustain themselves without assistance? Obama’s view of personhood is a slippery-slope that will eventually serve only to exploit the powerless and benefit the powerful in our society. This is ultimately what the debate for a woman’s right to choose is really about. It really isn’t about unborn children. They are the victims of an agenda to secure for women the right to do whatever they want with their bodies regardless of whom is affected by their choice.

An Obama presidency is a declaration of war against the unborn. His words on the Illinois Senate floor are merely the first shots fired upon Fort Sumter in America’s modern civil war.  

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