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Dr. Warren Throckmorton Christian Blog and Commentary

The potential sacred: Obama tries to find an abortion postion

  • Dr. Warren Throckmorton
    Warren Throckmorton, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology and Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy at Grove City College (PA). He co-founded the Golden Rule Pledge which advocates bullying prevention in evangelical churches. His academic articles have been published by journals of the American Psychological Association and he is past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He is the author with fellow Grove City College professor, Michael Coulter, of the book, Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President. Over 200 newspapers have published his columns. He can be reached at ewthrockmorton@gcc.edu.
  • 2008 Aug 25
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Barack Obama is this election's pro-choice candidate. He supports the Freedom of Choice Act which would prohibit state and federal laws which restrict abortion. He said, "I believe in Roe versus Wade" to Rick Warren as a part of the Saddleback Civil Forum.  And he continues to be embroiled in a controversy over his opposition to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act in Illinois.

 

Last week, visiting Lynchburg, VA, Obama again tried to clarify his abortion views. As reported by the Family Research Council, Obama told Lynchburg ABC News affiliate reporter, Rebecca Cooper:

 

"I don't think this issue has to resolved in terms of when life begins. that is a theological question or scientific question. I as a Christian have a belief that the potential for life is sacred at the moment of conception. But I also believe that it is not decisive in determining who makes the decision that difficult in questions like abortion."

 

I am not sure what he meant. Having the potential for life is sacred at conception, but not sacred enough to trigger legal protection? He must have raised his pay grade because he made an assessment about the sacredness of the potential for life. This may morph into a view that says he is personally against abortion but cannot impose his views on others.

 

I continue to follow this topic because I believe it may be the pivotal social issue for Evangelicals considering an Obama-Biden vote.