Obama vs. Santorum on Abortion.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 23, 2012
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Obama, on why even Republicans should be Pro-Choice:

Obama on Roe v. Wade’s 39th Anniversary:

“We must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.”

Now if only we could apply that logic to marijuana, and gay marriage, and…


From Reddit:

“The only candidate in the race standing for a woman’s right to choose. Thank you…given the next President will probably have two Supreme Court nominations , this is actually, for once, an issue.”

On the other hand, GOP candidate for President Rick Santorum:

Rape victims who get pregnant “have to make the best out of a bad situation.”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Obama vs. Santorum on Abortion.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Scott Hales interesting.. very skillful linguistic Aikido, if you ask me.. : )

    Holly Cunning Burgess Hands off healthcare then! i consider that "private family matters"!

    Braja S India Well said Scott 🙂

    Holly Cunning Burgess I say the modern genocide of 54 million babies should be our business. We have no right to kill babies. Killing babies is exactly what it is. God says I knew you in your mother's womb.

    Kasie Mamatat Ray Your God might say that, but Freedom of and from religion, as well as the hope for a less intrusive government, says quite the opposite.

    Ray I won't even get into literal interpretations of Ld Buddha's teachings; that's for the far more advanced than I. I do know He taught us to question ALL authority, though.

    elephantjournal.com Oh my! Can we keep the debate respectful please folks? I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who really thinks abortion is an ideal choice. That said, I don't want the government deciding it for us. It is a private issue that each person needs to decide based on his/her own values. ~ Kate

    elephantjournal.com Yes, and let's bring comments to the blog so we can comment there and readers can share your two cents. Holly, thanks for sharing your feelings. The question isn't whether we see things as right or wrong—but whether we want government regulating our behavior in this way, whether it's marriage, drugs, abortion…generally Republicans want government out of peoples' business. But check the Rick Santorum quote in the above! ~ Waylon

    elephantjournal.com Scott, linguistic aikido is calling regulations that allow more pollution the "Clean Skies Act" or the equivalent the "Healthy Forests Act"…I think Pres Obama's point is that we need to find common ground–that common ground is that we allll want to reduce the number of abortions and none of us want to see mothers harmed in receiving unsafe abortions. See the chart in the blog. There is common ground here. ~ Waylon.

    elephantjournal.com Finally, Holly, where are Republicans in wanting peace, other than Ron Paul? We're enacting real life death on our own troops and civilians worldwide…and yet the GOP seem hungry for another new war with Iran. ~ Waylon PS: I'll answer anything further on elephant, best I can, happy to change my mind and learn! _ W>

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Holly asked three great questions. Not sure if you're asking them with an open mind, but I'll offer my responses here:

    Holly Cunning Burgess Kate – evidently 54 million women thought it was their "ideal choice"!

    Waylon-are you for Obama's government ran healthcare plan? Same thing as other issues u list above.

    Kate – please take a look at pictures of aborted babies and abortion procedure videos online. It is HORRIFIC!

    Holly, I don't think anyone thinks of abortion as ideal. That said, I hope you care for mothers' health as much as you do the childs, if not more. As you can see above, the rates of abortions have dropped worldwide and the safer abortion are, the more mothers live without complications. That's a good thing.

    Our healthcare is ranked 19th in the world, yet we spend much more on it as a nation, as taxpayers…why? Because, among many other reasons that his healthcare plan tried to address, 30 million Americans were uninsured. Still, we taxpayers have to pay (much more) for them if they wind up in the emergency room. Preventative care is far cheaper, and better for citizens' ability to live meaningful lives and contribute to the economy. Compassion for the sick and weak is a traditional Christian value. This is not a case of right vs. left, merely, but common sense and economic sense and compassion.

    Abortion is horrific. Death is always horrific. I have yet to hear your concern for the wars we're constantly engaged in, which kill our own troops and children, and grown-up innocents, worldwide. Other than Ron Paul, I don't see anyone voicing that traditional conservative value of non-intervention.

    We pay $3 billion a year to Israel. They offer universal healthcare to their citizens. Irony? We're paying for their healthcare, you could say.

  3. Susi says:

    I would love to be able to tell anti-abortion politicians how my infant daughter died in 1971 BECAUSE abortions were illegal in my state. I used to think mine was a very unusual case but older doctors and a medical ethicist have told me that it was really not that unusual prior to Roe, and that it would most certainly happen again if abortion rights are taken away.

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