The Debates, Part III
Barack Obama came out fighting – or more accurately, complaining – in his debate with pro-life opponent Mitt Romney Tuesday night.
Obama was more aggressive than in his “sit down and snooze” performance of the first debate, but he was no more presidential. Complaining and whining are not ways to lead or get the job done . . . and Americans are making it clear in polls that they want a president who will act and provide some solutions to the problems of the day. He offered precious few in this debate.
Given the scandals that have rocked Planned Parenthood recently, it’s odd the president would choose that topic as one of his main lines of attack, or rather, complaint. He groused that Romney would de-fund Planned Parenthood, falsely suggested Planned Parenthood does mammograms, and that Romney was somehow extreme for wanting to stop giving Planned Parenthood the hard-earned money of U.S. taxpayers.
Obama never mentioned that the reason Romney and millions of other American taxpayers want to end federal funding is that Planned Parenthood kills 330,000 unborn babies every year in its ever-expanding abortion business. No American who believes abortion is the direct taking of a human life should have to pay to support the organization that commits those acts. Romney is actually a hero for standing up to their abuse.
Obama tried to paint a rosy picture of Planned Parenthood, saying women “rely on it for mammograms.” That was the subject of another recent controversy, after which Planned Parenthood affiliates acknowledged that they do not do mammograms, but rather refer women to other health care entities to have the tests done. Since any other federal grantee could do the same, or in some cases even perform the mammograms themselves, it’s disingenuous of the president to imply that the mammograms Planned Parenthood refers out would not be done if their taxpayer-provided money was taken away.
One of the reasons Obama might be defending Planned Parenthood so strenuously, even as the organization grows more unpopular, is that its political action committee has committed significant resources to the effort to re-elect Barack Obama. They’ve spent millions in broadcast ads in swing states to demonize Romney, even though Romney’s position on issues like abortion is in line with the majority of Americans and Obama’s support for abortion on demand is clearly not.
Obama also complained about Mitt Romney’s opposition to the Obamacare mandate, the rule that requires religious institutions like schools and hospitals to pay for health insurance plans that provide drugs and procedures that violate the groups’ religious convictions.
Obama grumbled that Romney would let employers decide if these items would be in the health insurance they provide. But Romney is right to insist that employers not be required to provide coverage for items they find morally objectionable. According to CNN Fact Check, Romney “supported a Senate amendment that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage they disagreed with on moral grounds.”
Is there any position more reasonable – more American – than this protection of conscience rights? Unfortunately, the amendment Romney supported was killed in the Senate in March.
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