In an interview with Relevant Magazine, Barack Obama said, “I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother.” I would whole-heartedly agree. It is appropriate. More than appropriate, I believe its morally imperative that States prohibit late-term abortions. I think we see a massively glaring inconsistency in Obama’s stance on abortion here. Let me explain:
Obama indicates here that it is appropriate for states to restrict late-term abortions. So the obvious question arises–why late-term abortions but not early-term or mid-term abortions? If there is something morally suspect about late-term abortions, shouldn’t that tell us something about abortion itself? What makes people so uncomfortable with late-term abortions is the fact that the baby in the womb looks like . . . a baby. The later into a pregnancy that an abortion is conducted, the more violent the procedure appears and the more obvious it is that what is being aborted is in fact human! That is why planned parenthood scoffs at initiatives to show mothers an ultrasound before performing an abortion. If you don’t look at what you are aborting, maybe we can pretend its not human.
If it is wrong to perform an abortion late into a pregnancy, why isn’t it wrong to perform one earlier? This is a huge inconsistency and I think reveals that Obama’s stance on abortion is politically polished but as Kevin has aptly pointed out is radically pro-choice. How developed does a baby have to be to justify aborting it? At what point does it become morally suspect as Obama apparently concedes to? How can Obama claim that it is appropriate for states to prohibit late-term abortions and still vote against the ban on partial-birth abortion?
If we concede that an embryo is human life in its earliest stages then we must say that abortion at any stage in a pregnancy is murder. Obama’s statement here on late-term abortions reveals, I think a sense that there is something wrong with aborting what appears to be human–probably because deep down we know that it is in fact human and abortion at any stage is murder.