Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Barack Obama's Little Bundle of Punishment

In a conversation about HIV and sex education in Pennsylvania yesterday, Sen. Barack Obama shared this insight about his feelings on parenting:

"[Sex ed] 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."

A sexually transmitted disease, a baby--what's the diff? They're both "punishments" that can follow sex, right?

The word "punishment" is an interesting term to inject into a conversation about abortion, particularly from a supporter of partial-birth abortion like Sen. Obama. (In fact, he voted against a bill in the Illinois legislature that would have mandated medical care for babies who survive an abortion--a law that was unanimously passed by the US Senate that same year.)

Nobody would describe childbirth as "fun," obviously. But if Sen. Obama calls what's happening to the mother a "punishment," how would he describe what happens to the unborn child in the third trimester when the 16-year-old shows up for her Obama-protected abortion?