In a moment I will cite a particular excerpt from the Illinois Senate proceedings. Before doing, I would like to muse a little bit.
First, a lot of our political energies have been spent discussing the upcoming Marriage Amendment. This in itself is good, especially in our attempts to let the Gospel of Jesus Christ guide our civil laws and constitutions regarding marriage between one man and one woman. With that stated, we must not forget other key issues at stake in the upcoming election and especially those that center around the right to life itself. Jesus Himself said, "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10b).
Second, in my reading of sections of this transcript, it might be overzealous to label our president as a proponent of infanticide. Senator Obama does state his confidence that a doctor in a room in which a "failed" abortion has taken place would act according to medical practice to provide medical aid for that child. His particular point relates to the requirement of having a second doctor's opinion about the life of this newly born child. At the same time I just stated, "it might be overzealous" (I am assuming the best of intentions of Senator Obama) because a law requiring the counsel of another doctor seems like a good and just way to prevent a doctor--who just "failed" in procuring an abortion--to neglect this innocent life. Senator Obama seems more concerned about the liabilities faced by the doctor than the life of the child.
Third, I lament our two party system in which neither party wholly fits the beautiful teachings of the Catholic faith. One practical example of this is the fact that many conclude that, because the Church teaches against x, y or z, the Church endorses the opposite party. To illustrate this clearer, consider the fact that the Church teaches against abortion. Many in our society conclude that the Church subsequently rejects Democrats and supports Republicans with respect to pro-life issues. Many point to the Church for limiting who to vote for. Yet the Church teaches against abortion in China, Germany and around the world regardless of what political system is in play in various countries. She would exhort the faithful not to vote for a pro-choice candidate whether there was three, four or fifteen different political parties in a democratic form of government. I hope that people who criticize the Church and her leaders for speaking out against moral depravity in our country realize the onus should be on our government, not our Church, for putting us voters in sticky situations with voting.
With this stated, here is an excerpt from the transcript which shows some troubling positions held by our current president:
OBAMA: Yeah. Just along the same lines. Obviously, this is an issue that we’ve debated extensively both in committee an on the floor so I — you know, I don’t want to belabor it. But I did want to point out, as I understood it, during the course of the discussion in committee, one of the things that we were concerned about, or at least I expressed some concern about, was what impact this would have with respect to the relationship between the doctor and the patient and what liabilities the doctor might have in this situation. So, can you just describe for me, under this legislation, what’s going to be required for a doctor to meet the requirements you’ve set forth?