On March 30, 2001, Mr. Obama was the only Illinois senator who rose to speak out against a bill that would have protected babies who had survived a late term labor-induced abortion.
Mr. Obama explained that he voted against this bill because it determined that a nine-month-old fetus, living outside of the womb of its mother, which survived a late term labor-induced abortion, would be deemed to be a person, therefore, it would have a constitutional right to live.
Mr. Obama further explained that he could not vote for a bill that designated this late term abortion survivor as a person. For if he did, this young life would have to be safeguarded under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which would not allow the life of this unwanted baby to be terminated.
Therefore, this living child lying on the surgeon’s table, instinctively crying for help, had to be deemed a discardable fetus.
On three separate occasions, as an Illinois senator, Mr. Obama voted against a bill that would require medical treatment for a baby that was born alive after a botched late term labor-induced abortion.
On May 30, 2012, President Obama gave the Medal of Freedom to retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. This justice concurred with Justice Breyer’s opinion, finding that it was OK to: “Deliberately and intentionally deliver into the vagina a living unborn child, or a substantial portion thereof, for the purpose of performing a procedure that the person performing such procedure knows will kill the unborn child”.
It was further determined that: “Evidence before the trial court makes clear that this procedure will often involve a physician pulling a “substantial portion” of a still living fetus, say, an arm, head or leg, into the vagina prior to the death of the fetus”.
Their opinion continued that: “This procedure involves dismemberment… the dismemberment occurs between the traction of the instrument and the counter-traction of the cervix. And these events often do not occur until after a portion of a living fetus has been pulled into the vagina.”
Medal of Freedom winner Stevens said that preserving the right to dismember what he called a “potential life” was really a question about the “liberty” of the mother protected by the 14th Amendment.
As described by these justices, butchering a viable fetus or a baby is horrifying. Partial-birth abortions are particularly gruesome.
The following data was extracted from studies and informational sites that I reviewed. The United States has the highest abortion rate of any western industrial nation. Less than 1% of all abortions take place because of rape or incest. Approximately forty percent of unwanted pregnancies are aborted. There are about 1.21 million abortions in America each year. With a gestational age of 21+ weeks, statistics indicate that there are 18,185 abortions performed each year in America.
All of the information that I researched indicated that less than 1% of abortions are performed to save the life of the mother.
It appears to me that the deck is stacked against the most defenseless of God’s creatures. Willing accomplices imbedded in our government are all too eager to direct a woman in crisis to the abortionist’s table. To those who have been terminated, along with the mothers who have endured the suffering and loss that accompanies this archaic procedure, I pledge my love and support.
No one in this world is perfect. The blood on my hands troubles me to this day. Asking for forgiveness, hasn’t always brought it to me.
Life goes on. I’ve attempted to improve myself and share what I may have of value, with my Brothers and Sisters. All the time knowing that my gifts will always be imperfect and incomplete. Atonement has been good for my soul.
In this new year I will make an earnest effort to learn from my failures and mistakes. I will strive to live in accordance with the will of the God of my understanding. I will seek to think less about myself, losing my restlessness, irritability and discontent in the resultant joy that comes when I’m involved helping others. Not much else has worked for me.
John Donnelly, a resident of Key Largo was born, raised and went to high school in the South Bronx. Upon graduation he was awarded several scholarships to college. He chose to enlist in the United Sates Marine Corps.
While serving in Vietnam John was wounded in action. He received two meritorious promotions, one during combat.
Upon discharge and return to America, John had a difficult time transitioning back into civilian life. He found himself homeless for the next 4 years.
As he worked out some troublesome concerns, he began to yearn to make some sense of his experiences via education. He sought and received his GI Bill benefits. He applied and was admitted to New York University. He later transfered to the University of Miami where he graduated on the President’s Honor Roll.
John secured a teaching position at a Maximum Security Prison Facility for criminally insane adolescents. While working there he earned a Master of Science degree from Florida International University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude.
John spent the next 20 years teaching elementary and high school students, while doing some coaching and instructing as an adjunct college professor.
John was the recipient of the Mayor Stephen P. Clark award, which recognized him as an “Outstanding Educator”. During this time he continued his work clothing, feeding and counseling the homeless.
John has been acknowledged by the Disabled American Veterans, the Miami Vet Center and the Veterans Council of Monroe County for his efforts on behalf of homeless and addicted veterans.
Recently, John was privileged to spearhead the successful release of a wrongfully accused inmate who faced 3 life sentences, without the possibility of parole, for crimes that he did not commit. This young man has since been returned to his twin sons and graduated with honors from one of our nation’s premier vocational colleges.
John continues to research and write on issues facing our ‘One Human Family’.