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Mark Caserta: Obama will contrast values to win in 2014

May. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Last week, Barack Obama became the first sitting president to address the abortion-rights group, Planned Parenthood.

In his speech, he assailed conservatives seeking pro-life legislation and vowed to join women's rights groups in fighting against states' efforts to restrict abortion.

"When politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they're not just talking about you," Obama said. "They're talking about millions of women who you serve."

In his message, the president alleged an "assault on women's rights" across the country where in more than 40 states legislation has been introduced restricting abortion and challenging federal mandates for health insurance coverage of contraception.

Yet, even as the president's speech progressively devalued the life of an unborn child, abortion provider Kermit Gosnell is standing trial on charges of killing babies after they were born alive at his West Philadelphia clinic.

You may recall that while in the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama voted three times against the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, a bill which would have ensured the protection of a baby surviving a botched abortion.

Now, quoting God's Word to liberals in an attempt to convince them abortion is wrong is a lost cause. This approach will typically bring about the mockery of unbelievers or a vain "intellectual" dispute of the scriptures by self-ordained theologians -- so I choose not to cast my pearls.

But, what about the findings of medical science? Would such evidence change a liberal's perspective on murdering a child before it emerges from the mother's womb?

Well, science has determined that even the earliest human embryo is biologically alive. It fulfills the four criteria needed to establish biological life: metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli and reproduction.

The early prenatal stages of a developing baby are simply a miracle from our creator!

At about 22 days after conception the child's heart begins to circulate blood, independent of the mother's, and a heartbeat can be detected on ultrasound.

At just six weeks, the child's eyes and eyelids, nose, mouth and tongue have formed.

Electrical brain activity can be detected at six or seven weeks, and by the end of the eighth week, the child, now scientifically known as a "fetus," has developed all organs and bodily features.

By 10 weeks after conception, the child can make bodily movements.

Modern technology now allows parents to watch the development of their children with their own eyes. Ultra-sounds typically conducted at 20 weeks provide real-time video of the child clasping hands, sucking a thumb, yawning, stretching, getting the hiccups -- and even smiling!

I believe Barack Obama is still in full campaign mode and working diligently toward helping his party gain control of Congress in 2014. And there isn't a demographic (besides Christians) from which he won't seek favor.

The life of a child in the womb has never interested Barack Obama. And it will never stand in the way of building his base.

In fact, expect him to further contrast conservative and liberal values moving forward.

So far, it's been a winning strategy.

Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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