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“Punished with a Baby”?

— Posted by John (April 1, 2008 at 10:45 am)

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?


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.

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9 Comments on ““Punished with a Baby”?”

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  1. RSD says:

    “I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.”

    Values and morals include “RESPONSIBILITY”….what kind of message is he sending out his kids and to America by supporting the abortion industry???

    Babies are punishment? Then he must’ve been punished twice!!

    Comment posted April 1st, 2008 at 12:57 pm
  2. ldawg says:

    I think any girl who gets pregnant at 16 probably feels a little punished. With all the opportunities afforded to girls at that age, college, career, just growing up, a baby is, dare I say it, in very few of 16 year olds plans and nor should it be. Do you believe that 16 year olds should be gifted with a baby?

    Comment posted April 1st, 2008 at 7:51 pm
  3. Elizabeth says:

    If a 16-year old has such dreams of college and career maybe she should focus on those and not be such a slave to her hormones.

    Comment posted April 1st, 2008 at 10:28 pm
  4. RSD says:

    We’re getting caught up in Obama’s lingo and rhetorics…..

    If a girl engages in sex, more often than not, she WILL get pregnant. It’s NOT punishment…it’s the NATURAL order of things.

    She had her CHOICE to engage in it or not. She made her CHOICE, now live with the consequences as a RESPONSIBLE person.

    IF it’s not in the “plan”, give the baby up for adoption..but don’t kill him/ her just so you don’t want to face up to the consequences of your action.

    What was Mother Teresa’s saying : “It’s poverty to have to kill a baby so that you can continue in your lifestyle”

    Comment posted April 2nd, 2008 at 7:21 am
  5. Mary says:

    “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

    Comment posted April 2nd, 2008 at 5:29 pm
  6. RSD says:

    Thanks Mary, for the correct quote….

    Comment posted April 3rd, 2008 at 9:25 am
  7. Julie says:


    In most cases, no, I don’t think a 16 year old is ready for the responsibilities of parenthood. However, violence against the child will not solve any problem. We need to support organizations that provide real choices for these young women. Yes, I agree that if someone is going to do “adult things” he/she must accept adult consequences. But the truth is that often there is a cycle that needs to be broken, or simply, she made a mistake.

    I’ve made mistakes, I’ve gotten physically carried away in the heat of the moment. It’s easy to do.

    Still, the baby is not a punishment. The child is a gift. Let’s find ways to care for both, not choose between mother and child.

    Some sites to check out:
    Feminists For Life —
    Florence Crittenton Services —


    Comment posted April 14th, 2008 at 10:50 am
  8. Janny says:

    We teach abstinence in this country. Other countries teach sexual education. That’s our problem. We shouldn’t be teaching that sex is a dirty thing because it’s not.

    God is pro choice by the way. Here’s some bible passage proof:
    Hosea 9:11-16
    Hosea 13:16
    Numbers 5:11-21
    Numbers 31:17
    2 Kings 15:16

    Comment posted April 22nd, 2008 at 9:37 am
  9. John says:

    Janny said: “We shouldn’t be teaching that sex is a dirty thing because it’s not.”

    Um, Janny? When did we ever say sex is a dirty thing?

    Btw, regarding the Bible passages you cited that allegedly prove that God approves of the murder of innocent children in their mothers’ wombs, I’m surprised you didn’t also cite Psalm 137:9 — “Happy shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock” — which Eric referred to in this previous post, and which he further explained here.

    Comment posted April 25th, 2008 at 8:11 am