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Obama and abortion: So much smoke


 People demonstrated for and against Barack Obama's giving the commencement address at Notre Dame recently.
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Date published: 5/31/2009

According to the AP, the president "told graduates at America's leading Roman Catholic university that both sides must stop demonizing each other" ["Abortion protesters heckle," May 18].

Notre Dame does not lead in terms of its "Roman Catholicism," else it would refrain from awarding honorary degrees to people who encourage what the Catholic Church calls objective mortal sins.

Obama said, "No matter how much we want to fudge it, the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable." Indeed, there is no other issue on which the two sides are so clearly at odds.

Evidence suggests that many, as they age, come to see that human life is valuable and that abortion is the killing of a human.

Under current law, the president's aim of reducing unintended pregnancies is so much smoke: Abortion itself has become a prime means of eliminating unintended pregnancies.

Making abortion illegal would likely encourage a little more care in the actions of those who wish to engage in the procreative act while avoiding the natural consequences of that act.

For Obama to claim that he believes abortion should be rare and then act to allow it to become more available is backward, failing to acknowledge that the crime is in the ending of what every responsible doctor, biologist, and person knows is a life.

Abortion is the tearing of a human life from its mother, the bloody killing of an innocent child who has no choice in the matter.

When the focus is placed on the child rather than on the adult who made the choice and seeks to erase the consequences of it, one sees that the act is abhorrent.

A university named "Our Lady," claiming to be Catholic, should stand up for the principles of the Church, a part of which it is purported to be.

W. Allen Harrison IV

Spotsylvania