There are always words that catch my attention when watching something political. This evening was no different while I was watching Obama's 100 days press conference. Someone asked a question about abortion and my ears perked up. They always perk when any woman's issue is discussed. They can't help it. They are pretty passionate about women's issues.
This is what Obama said in response to a reporter asking him about his beliefs regarding abortion and the Freedom of Choice Act. I have never heard a politician, or a man for that matter, explain their view on abortion like this, in a way he took the words right out of my mouth.
OBAMA: You know, the -- my view on -- on abortion, I think, has been very consistent. I think abortion is a moral issue and an ethical issue.
I think that those who are pro-choice make a mistake when they -- if they suggest -- and I don't want to create straw men here, but I think there are some who suggest that this is simply an issue about women's freedom and that there's no other considerations. I think, look, this is an issue that people have to wrestle with and families and individual women have to wrestle with.
OBAMA: The reason I'm pro-choice is because I don't think women take that -- that position casually. I think that they struggle with these decisions each and every day. And I think they are in a better position to make these decisions ultimately than members of Congress or a president of the United States, in consultation with their families, with their doctors, with their clergy.
So -- so that has been my consistent position. The other thing that I said consistently during the campaign is I would like to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies that result in women feeling compelled to get an abortion, or at least considering getting an abortion, particularly if we can reduce the number of teen pregnancies, which has started to spike up again.
And so I've got a task force within the Domestic Policy Council in the West Wing of the White House that is working with groups both in the pro-choice camp and in the pro-life camp, to see if we can arrive at some consensus on that.
Now, the Freedom of Choice Act is not highest legislative priority. I believe that women should have the right to choose. But I think that the most important thing we can do to stamp down some of the anger surrounding this issue is to focus on those areas that we can agree on. And that's -- that's where I'm going to focus.
Obviously I have many more feelings regarding this issue than can be summed up in a three minute answer at a press conference but I just think that a politician could not have given a better answer. It's nice to hear that there is a realization that there are many struggles when abortion is considered.
I am not the same ultra liberal person I was before that was extremely pro-choice and didn't even want to discuss it further but now I can see the issues on both sides. I am still pro-choice because I know what it is to be in a position that you never thought you would be in and I guess I focus more now on why abortion is necessary in our society. I was lucky but many women are not. Why do women put themselves in the position of having to get an abortion and to me more importantly why are women put in this position by others? I was happy to hear the president say something about reducing unwanted pregnancies. To me that comes from a place of love, that comes from wanting to help people as individuals and wanting to make society a better place as a whole. That is a much better place to start then constant debates and disagreements about rights and choices. Frankly, it's been awhile since I was moved by a politician and none have ever expressed their position on abortion quite like this and it was good to hear. It made me feel like maybe we could all look at this issue with more understanding and tolerance. That includes me,
I can be more understanding and tolerant of people who have different views than mine.
Is this all to heavy for a blog? Probably. Sorry if I brought you down.