At a campaign stop in Johnstown, PA this Saturday, Barack Obama was asked, if he were elected president, how his administration would deal with HIV/AIDS and preventing STDs in young girls. Obama responded:
— or we give them really expensive surgery and we don’t spend money on the front end keeping people healthy in the first place. So when it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include — which should include abstinence education and teaching the children — teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual. But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16. You know, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.
First, regarding this last part: If Obama really is interested in not withholding information from teenagers that will help them avoid getting an STD, what kind of information is he talking about? Could it be information that the U.S. government has admitted that the “epidemiological evidence is insufficient to determine the effectiveness of condoms” in preventing most STDs? Uh…no. Now, as for his “I don’t want them punished with a baby” remark: This is not a “pro-choice” comment. It’s a pro-abortion comment. (Although some supporters of so-called “reproductive choice” are actually trying to say it had nothing to do with abortion!) My first thought when I heard Obama had said this was what a slap in the face it is to the millions of women who have experienced an untimely pregnancy, chosen life for their babies, and now love their children with all their heart. Who doesn’t know someone in their family or among their friends who this has happened to? A baby is never a punishment. A baby is always a gift—and, in the case of an unexpected pregnancy, is one of the clearest examples of how God can write straight with crooked lines.