It appears that Barack Obama got himself into a little rhetorical trouble last weekend when he referred to unwanted babies as punishment:
Speaking about sex education at an event in Pennsylvania Saturday, Obama said, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network, that he will educate his young daughters 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.”
Pro-choicers really have no idea how callous they sound, sometimes. Good lord…that’s his grand kid he’s talking about. And did he just compare an unwanted baby with an STD?
When Obama strays away from the pre-written script, he tends to run into trouble, doesn’t he?
Tommy Vietor, an Obama spokesman tried to clarify his remarks on Monday:
“What Sen. Obama said and what he believes is clear — children are ‘miracles,’ but we have a problem when so many children are having children,” Vietor said. “As Sen. Obama said on Saturday — and on many other occasions — parents have a responsibility to teach their children about values and morals to help make sure they are not treating sex casually. And while he understands the passions on both sides of this difficult issue, Sen. Obama believes we can all agree that we should be taking steps to reduce the number of teen pregnancies and abortions in this country.”
They’re “miracles” when you want them.
Punishment when you don’t.