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Week One: Obama 2, Human Rights 0

This is an actual picture (in 3-D ultrasound) of an unborn person, captured in the same look that's been on my face this week. I've been rubbing my eyes in incredulity at the pace of "change." Is my best friend right? Is the new President dazzling and inspiring and lovable because evil hath power to assume a pleasing shape?

Say it ain't so. Who doesn't want to be swept away by the events and images of the past week?

But not everyone has reason to rejoice in our serious, dapper, noble new chief executive. So far, the news is not good for the unborn under his new administration: both those here at home awaiting harvesting for the pharmaceutical industry, and those in poor nations abroad.

And that's in the first week.

Yeah, I know: Mr. Obama ran as the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in memory. But for a guy who could introduce nuance and smarts and compassion into a polarized swamp like racial politics, was it too much to hope for that his mindlessly reflexive refusal to protect the human rights of the unborn might have sprung from expediency and be open to moderation?

So far, that would be a yes. This could get heartbreakingly ugly. Like, we might start wondering why Gitmo detainees have a more compelling hold on his conscience than unborn Americans...or unborn Kenyans or other UN clients. Please don't make us go there. Smart, historic dude, loving father, Harvard genius: Don't set a course for your administration toward moral idiocy.

Not the first week, anyway.

Posted on Friday, January 23, 2009 at 12:07PM by Registered CommenterBrenda from Brooklyn | Comments8 Comments

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Pretty sad how quickly things have turned....I can only hope things don't continue down this path for 4 years.
January 23, 2009 at 01:16PM | Unregistered CommenterTodd
You wrote the very thoughts I have had this week. YAY for Gitmo terrorists (though I do not believe in torture nor capital punishment) boo hoo for the unborn. I just do NOT get liberals!
January 23, 2009 at 02:17PM | Unregistered Commenterelizabethk
I have been reading the same stories and have been thinking the same thing. This week has not been a good one for the little ones :(
January 23, 2009 at 02:18PM | Unregistered CommenterShane and Casey
Are you really surprised? Really? Look at his record.

And, what, exactly, is the substance of his Harvard genius? Besides, that is, his amazing ability to cause so many to either believe, or somehow ASSIGN to him what they want? Someone once said that what made Vanna White so wildly popular was that she was a blank slate--people projected onto her what they wanted to. She was every man's ideal woman. Obama is the Vanna White of politics, not the Second Coming.
January 24, 2009 at 08:39PM | Unregistered CommenterKaren
No surprises here, though hope remained for a little while. Your best friend is onto something, I'm afraid. This Angel of Light will bring darkness to the pro-life cause for at least the next four years.
January 25, 2009 at 04:46PM | Unregistered CommenterCathy
Thank you again, Brenda! The Prospect Park blog is beautiful. to the point it is great to find others of the same mind re: abortion. This President is killing me. For one minute I believed that he might, as Teddy Roosevelt once did, confound his "supporters" i.e. the anti-lifers. Unfortunately he appears to be "paying off his abortion rights supporters! Too bad , he is very likable.
January 28, 2009 at 04:00PM | Unregistered CommenterRob Allen
I wish I were innocent and hopeful enough to be surprised.
January 31, 2009 at 05:22PM | Unregistered CommenterLenise
Brenda, I've conferred a glorious peer-granted blog award, the Premio Dardo, upon you. See my blog post "Astonished!" for the details.
February 2, 2009 at 01:36PM | Unregistered CommenterPentimento

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