Barack Obama and the Culture of Death

By Doug Patton
January 12, 2009

On January 20th, 47-year-old Barack Hussein Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America, with millions of adoring sycophants streaming into Washington, DC, to catch a glimpse of their idol. Two days later, somber pro-lifers will once again gather in the same city to observe another anniversary of the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott, and to mourn the senseless slaughter of 50 million unborn babies over the last 36 years.

Oddly, if exit polls are to be believed, some people will be there for both events.

Barack Obama was a child when seven misguided old men in black robes gave us Roe v. Wade, an infamous ruling that invented a “right to privacy.” Since then, we have become convinced that this right is in our constitution. Consequently, Obama has never known an America that did not allow women the right to snuff out the life of their babies in their wombs. Courts and Congresses since then have agreed that there should be reasonable limits on the right to kill unborn babies, but our new president has a different view.

It’s not merely that Obama favors the unfettered right of a woman to terminate the life of her baby right up to the moment of his or her birth. Many liberals fall into that category. You will recall that Bill Clinton vetoed the federal ban on partial birth abortion while he was president; and the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Nebraska’s ban on the same ghoulish procedure. The federal ban would surely fail in today’s House or Senate. (Thank God such limits were pushed through under a GOP congress and president and sustained by an increasingly conservative High Court.)

So Obama had to lean far, far to the left on this issue to find himself in a minority in the pro-abortion Democrat Party. It was not easy. I mean, how does one position oneself further outside the mainstream than those who favor the right to pull a fully developed baby from the womb, stab him or her in the base of his or her skull and then vacuum out his or her brain matter until he or she is dead?

By voting repeatedly against a bill that would protect the right to life of an infant born alive after a botched abortion; that’s how.

Barack Obama, who soon will occupy the office once held by Abraham Lincoln, voted against just such a bill in the Illinois State Senate. At the time, his rationale was that the legislation would interfere with “a woman’s right to choose” by changing the decision made by a woman and her doctor. In other words, Obama is so steeped in the culture of death that he believes once a woman has made the decision to kill her baby, that act should not be stopped even after the baby has been born!

Such thinking is so strange and so cruel as to be bizarre. A similar bill the same year in the United States Senate passed unanimously. Unanimously! That means that the most radically pro-abortion members of the Senate (Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, Hillary Clinton) all agreed that protecting the life of a baby born alive after a failed abortion was reasonable. But not Barack Obama.

Early on in his campaign for president, Obama stood before a gathering of Planned Parenthood and promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would repeal or override every state and federal restriction on abortion enacted over the last 36 years. The great irony in this is that Margaret Sanger, the founder of that organization would have advocated the extermination of Barack Obama, his wife and his children. This evil woman was a supporter of Adolf Hitler and the Eugenics movement. She was a promoter of abortion for the purpose of exterminating blacks and other minorities.

How vile that Barack Obama would embrace such a culture of death. More vile still is the fact that so many ignorant pro-lifers voted for this man.


© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton

Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at


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