Last Saturday was the 38th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision. As other presidents have done, President Obama issued a statement on the anniversary expressing his opinion on abortion. While other presidents (e.g., Clinton) have expressed support for abortion while paying lip service to making them “safe, legal, and rare,” President Obama took a unapologetically pro-abortion approach in his statement.
Here is the text of President Obama’s statement:
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.
Of course, the sad irony is that millions of America’s sons and daughters will never see the light of day, much less have the “same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities” as Americans who escaped the abortionist’s knife.
Obama’s statement marks a turning point in the American presidency’s stance on the fiercely contested court decision. Obama is the most radically pro-abortion president since Roe vs. Wade was decided. And yet, he has mastered an ability to occasionally cloak his radicalism in conciliatory tones. Obama as a presidential candidate often described himself as “pro-choice, but not pro-abortion.” Indeed, many pro-lifers bought into his message of caring for “the least of these,” which was an allusion to Christ’s words in Matthew 25. But are the unborn not among the least?
Any government that seeks to protect human life outside the womb cannot rightfully ignore the innocent human life inside the womb. Not only is this common sense, it is biblical. Romans 13 describes the God-given duty of government as the promotion of righteousness and the restriction of evil. Abortion is evil because it destroys human life. It must be stopped. In a civilized society, the strong are held responsible by God to help the weak and the government is ordained by God to protect human life, especially human life that cannot protect itself. If any civilization does not respect the obligation to protect innocent life, it doesn’t qualify as “civilized.”
President Obama, as God’s magistrate (Romans 13:1), will be held accountable to God for his policies regarding abortion. More than 50 million Americans have been aborted since 1973, and their blood cries out for justice. Pray for our president and our nation (1 Timothy 2:1-3). Ask that God would change our president’s heart and the heart of our society to recognize the horrors of abortion and the beauty of the bearers of God’s image.
Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary