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January 26th, 2009

“Yes We Did”? No–our work has just begun

The fourth installment of Marc Adams' inaugural vlog

 
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In the fourth installment of his video blog from Washington D.C., contributing editor Marc Adams checks in a week after the inauguration, with an important reminder that the work is not over; it has just begun.

 
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Marc Adams is a contributing editor at BustedHalo.com. He writes from Washington DC.
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  • Sara

    Clarification – Limiting funds for clinics that provided abortions was part of the Gag rule. Now that it is overturned, funds can flow freely to clinics regardless of their abortion services. No clinic would be denied funding because they did not offer abortions.

  • Sara

    AREADER-No, they are limiting health care funding IF abortion is part of their service. So, a clinic could offer a myriad of other vital health care services, but if abortions are provided, they are stripped of their funding. Obviously, if you are anti-choice this is fine, force them to get rid of abortions. However, if you take away abortion services many third world countries would experience an influx of unwanted births adding more demand for already dwindling resources like food, water and health care. Listen, I’ve never met anyone that was pro-abortion. No one wants abortions, but I think it’s time to be realistic. Unwanted pregnancies will happen and they hurt everyone. If you really want to prevent them, teach safe sex. You’ll also be preventing HIV/AIDS in the process…bonus. But I would argue that to take funding away from health care clinics that save lives and also provide contraceptive to prevent abortions in the first place isn’t a very pro-life agenda.

  • AREADER

    The Church’s teaching on abortion begins this way in the Catechism:

    2258 “Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.”

    Sara – so according to what you say, US is only allowing heathcare overseas if abortion is a part of the package ?

  • Sara

    I don’t think President Obama is suggesting that we are “done” by any stretch of the imagination. Did you listen to his speech? “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met.”

    And where do you all get the idea that we’re funding abortions in Mexico? “The Mexico City Policy” was just the fancy name for the Gag rule started by another old white man (Reagan). If you are anti-choice, that is, well…your choice (aren’t you glad you have one?) But the gag rule not only affected a woman’s access to a safe and legal abortion, it also limited the resources of clinics overseas that provided immunizations for children, malaria treatment, obstetric health care, and HIV/AIDS treatment. Why? Because those clinics also offered abortions. So my friends, in your quest to rid the world of abortions, you also managed to make it even more difficult for children and expectant mothers in developing countries to receive the health care that they needed.

  • judy

    Making abortion illegal will not end abortion. And as far as having sex is concerned, many, many married women choose to end pregnancies. Do I think this is right ? no. Do I think making abortion illegal is the answer ? no. The rich will always find a way ( like they always have) and the poor will be butchered ( like they always were). I simply propose a more positive approach to decreasing ( or hopefully) ending abortion.
    Don’t have sex ? No one ? married men and women ? Now who’s drinking the Kool-Aid ?

  • joe

    well — choice — the decision to murder innocent life. Where does your adoption argument fit in if you are allowing murdering innocent life ? it appears you dont understand that one can have a moral society without religion. Respect for life is the core – no excuses. its all or nothing. You dont ant a child brought into this world – DONT HAVE SEX.– whether a cleric preaches on it or no. At the end its between you and God – no one else– you are answering to your Creator about your actions not what someone else said. Its about You and God.

  • judy

    President Obama supports choice. In fact, he has proposed a NUMBER of initiatives which are aimed at decreasing abortion.
    And yes, many religions do NOT hold that life conclusively begins at conception. Some hold that human life does not begin until the fertilized egg and sperm implant in the uterus. Scientific evidence does not even concur.
    AND, there are many who believe that if it is a case of the mother’s life or the unborn baby’s, that the mother and her family should have the right to choose…NO ONE is forcing a person to have an abortion in our society..
    and just to set the record straight, I am against abortion, I believe it is wrong, as I do all murder–including the death penalty, but I have rarely heard any cleric rail against the death penalty with the same fervor that they rail against abortion–which is a much more complex issue : rape ? incest ? the mother’s life in danger ? Many would argue that in those cases it is an action of self-defense–depending on the circumstances. There are 13 yr old children impregnated by relatives, step-fathers, etc…Yes, the unborn child did not ask to be conceived, but the life of the OTHER child must be taken into consideration. With no choice, it forces some chilling situations.

  • joe

    “not all religions believe that human life begins at conception.”
    Science proves that life begins at conception.

  • joe

    “President Obama does not support abortion. ” – are you new to this world ? Check his voting record and stop drinking the kool-aid.

  • judy

    Joe, Just look at how the Bush administration treated the elderly..as well as the unborn..and yet, people such as yourselves make them out to be poster children for life.
    Whatever your animus against President Obama may be, our real goal is decreasing the number of abortions. Reagan, Bush, and Bush could not do it. Maybe you need to take your “courage” and lobby your lawmakers for programs that support the mother and child, make adoption easier, provide viable day care on college campuses, make daycare more affordable…The Europeans have had the right idea for years–”family values ” is not just a nice sounding slogan–they have provided families with the full support they need. True courage comes down to being willing to face a situation, and truly give of oneself. Have you offered to take responsibility for a baby whose parents cannot take care of ? Have you offered to take an unwed teenager in your home and provide all that is necessary for her and her baby ? Catholic Social teaching ( which dates to Rerum Novarum) commands us as Catholics to care not just for the unborn but for ALL LIFE–including the life of the mother. You mention the Church Fathers ( whom I have read extensively) and Archbishop Chaput–What about the Church’s teaching on Consistent Life Ethic ? Don’t throw the word “courage” around unless you are prepared to do more than quote the Church Fathers ( who often disagreed with each other)…Joe, President Obama does not support abortion. He supports a n America which allows for diversity–not all religions believe that human life begins at conception.

  • joe

    last comment — you do realize that if Mr. O’s mom had his attitude toward the unborn, he wouldn’t be here. — http://www.catholicvote.org.

  • Joe

    You can tell allot about a society by the way it treats it’s unborn and elderly. If a person does not respect life from conception to natural death what do they respect ? You may want to start reading some works of faith that are of some substance — like the church fathers ( and even a contemporary — Chaput). If you dont live your faith, you are a banging drum or a clashing symbol — that is just making noise. From what I read here, I dont see the courage to live ones faith as that faith says to.
    ladies, I dont agree with you, nor do I understand your cowardice in truly living your faith.

  • judy

    Amen, Donna ! You are absolutely right ! What is the goal ? Decreasing abortions. How do we do that ? Certainly not by making it illegal again. Women will always find a way to end a pregnancy–even if they have to do it themselves and risk their lives…No, we decrease abortions through : education, support, and an attitude that says women are not the enemy. Donna’s right. Abortions actually went down during the last Democratic administration. Reagan, Bush, and Bush were all talk, and nothing more. But they managed to fool the so-called “cultural conservatives”. Let’s all work together for the common good and see what happens.

  • Donna

    Look not only at words but how actions affect actual abortions. I did vote for Obama. Already as Marc said he has done things I disagree with. But I agree more than disagree. If Obama is true to his commitment. He is more in keeping with Catholic Social teaching than Bush or even Clinton.
    On the abortion issue, I agree he is wrong. Yet don’t go by words about being for or against abortion alone. How do the other policies affect people’s decisions to have or not to have abortions. Under Reagan, strongly committed to pro-life in words, but never fought for it, his policies which did not support programs to help a woman to keep her child – caused the abortion rates to soar. Under Clinton, a pro-choice president, because of the programs to help those who chose to have a child there was a major reduction in actual abortions. So don’t get hung up in the words, but in the actions and the effects of those actions on how many fetuses (not to mention babies eating lead, teenagers being shot, ill people not getting healthcare, inmates on death row, soldiers) are killed. Being truly pro-life is a ‘seamless garment” and requires learning about the complexity and all the issues surrounding it.

  • judy

    Joe..is anyone forcing you to use contraception ? This wonderful country of ours is not the United States of Catholicism. It is the United States of America which includes people of just about all faiths, moral understandings and practices. We have had 8 years of Evangelical Christianity at its worst–I am not an evangelical and yet that ideology permeated our federal legislation . No one forces a person to have an abortion; no one forces a person to uses artificial contraception–these are personal issues that are between a person, their doctor and their God, discerned through conscience.
    President Obama, in revoking the “gag” order in developing nations regarding women’s health clinics that provide abortions, did not increase the number of abortions ( women who want them will have abortions –regardless of whether they’re legal or not)–but in reality he helped provide the means for women to plan families, prevent conception, diagnose and treat STDs as well as breast cancer, and other gynecological health issues–life is messy, life is complicated, and the answers are not as easy as many so-called conservatives paint them to be.
    Life issues DO include everything from conception to natural death–and we must remember that in reality we have not had a true “pro-life” president ever–George Bush was probably one of the worst in that area. Are the dead Iraqi babies any less precious in God’s sight than any other. George Bush is hardly the saint traditional Catholics want him to be.

  • Joe

    –and– let me not forget — the day after the March for Life, Mr. O , by executive order, reinstated that our tax dollars are being used to subsidize abortions in Mexico. Did you know that on the White house web page it is stated that he is working to eliminate descrimination of contraception.( what does that mean ? I have to accept contraception as a way of life ?) Watch out for not being able to work according to your conscience if you are a healthcare progessional. He is dangerous.

  • Joe

    why has no one brought up “Theology of the Body” to work on changing the attitude toward sex ? Its the approach to the beginning of life and the acts meaning and ramifications. Its not just doing it or getting it on and figure out what to do next. Judy — just continue to take note on the culture of death iin this country — no main stream media really covered the March for Life and NBC refused to air the commercial that CatholicVote.com wanted to air. Respect for life from conception to natural death is the issue from which all else comes.

  • judy

    Look at Catholic social teaching and you will find that the last eight years of the Bush administration has been a travesty against true Christian compassion. Abortion is one issue that must be adressed–but it isn’t the only issue. The Democratic platform has more “pro-life” initistives than the Republican and certainly the neo-con agenda. Torture ? Lack of attention towards the elderly and children ? The war in Iraq–lies to the American people ? And with a “conservative” executive branch for eight years, a Republican legislative branch for six years and a judicial branch that since the 1980′s has been heavily conservative we still haven’t seen the end to Roe v. Wade…So, talk is cheap. In the meantime, the poor get poorer, the rich get richer, the economy tanks, legal immigrants’ children are cut out of health care, thousands of lives are lost in the Middle East, Osama Bin Laden still hasn’t been captured and Catholic commentary is still vilifying President Obama because his stand on abortion favors choice..
    Let’s get real, people…Let’s work to change the conditions which might lead a person to choose abortion. Let’s make adotion easier. let’s make foster care a more viable option. Let’s support pregnant women who feel alone and desperate–And please let us all realize that the outlawing of abortion will not stop women from having abortions, it will just make them obtain them from clinics outside the US–( at least for the rich).
    Better to get at the root cause than to fight a losing battle.

  • Fr. Peter

    I would vote for Marc, but I did not vote for President Obama.

  • Joe

    “we voted for “????? not me.

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