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Desiring God Senior Director Queries President Obama

Here is a great open letter to President Obama by John Knight, Senior Director for Development at Desiring God.  Knight asks Obama some very legitimate questions about abortion.  Here are his three main questions:

  • When do we get to talk about how the behavior of men on virtually every measurable level has gotten worse since abortion was made legal across the United States? Men are more likely to leave women today, more likely to be abusive, less likely to care for the children they father, and less likely to consider the consequences of their sexual behavior. Up to 75% of marriages that have a disabled child end in divorce, and most of the time it is the man who walks away from his family. When do we get to talk about men being encouraged to act like men rather than petulant, irresponsible, selfish little boys?
  • When do we get to talk about the cultural expectation that a mother is expected to abort her baby with an identified disability in the womb? Doctors, nurses, social workers assume a diagnosis of downs syndrome or spina bifida means a woman should terminate the pregnancy. What do you call a 90% abortion rate, Mr. President? If it were babies of any ethnicity, you would rightly call it genocide. What do you believe about families in this situation, Mr. President?
  • Finally, Mr. President, you said yourself that “the strong too often dominate the weak.” Please explain to me, Mr. President, who is more weak and thus more worthy of your protection as the leader of the free world than a baby in his or her mother’s womb?

6 replies on “Desiring God Senior Director Queries President Obama”

Someone asks some legitimate, sensible, concerned questions and you think it’s pointless?

That’s a very typical liberal response.

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As usual, liberals are good at dishing out criticism without actually responding in any real way to what has been said.

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futiledemocracy:
What do you mean by religion staying away from politics? If you mean anyone who has a ordered belief about the world, well, then no one could go anywhere near politics…including you.

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I don’t understand the comments: “..a mother is expected to abort her baby with an identified disability in the womb… Doctors, nurses, social workers assume a diagnosis of downs syndrome or spina bifida means a woman should terminate the pregnancy.”

I have been pregnant 5 times – with diagnoses of Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18, and spina bifida among them – and have never experienced an “expectation” of aborting any of my babies. I think John Knight is making huge generalizations and massive assumptions in his article. Some babies develop in a way that leaves them unable to experience life without pain outside of the womb and it is with thanks to God that we have medical options in these cases. It has nothing to do with the “behavior of men” or “genocide” – it is simply the humane thing to do in some cases.

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Sara,

John Knight wrote that because he has a son with severe disabilities and has most likely heard that advice from doctors.

I think his point is that every child is made in the image of God and putting them to death is not, and never has been, the answer.

He brings up the issue of genocide, I believe, because of the fact that Planned Parenthood was founded by a Margaret Sanger, who desired to promote abortion contraception because she was a proponent of negative eugenics. In other words, Sanger was not favorable to the African-American community at the time. In short, Planned Parenthood was started to to reduce the number of black births.

This might clear some questions up:
http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByDate/2007/1951_When_Is_Abortion_Racism/

Hope that helps,
james

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