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Posted on May 17, 2009
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President Obama delivers the commencement speech Sunday at the 2009 graduation ceremony at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

President Barack Obama attempted the impossible during his commencement speech at Notre Dame University in Indiana on Sunday: He asked those on both sides of the abortion debate to “join hands in common effort.”

The Washington Post:

“As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?”

Hundreds of anti-abortion protesters gathered outside the gates of the university as Obama spoke, waving signs and chanting protests. Police arrested several people. Back in Washington, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said it was “inappropriate” for Notre Dame to give Obama an honorary degree.

Billboards on the nearby Indiana Tollway read, “Notre Dame: Obama is pro abortion choice. How dare you honor him.” On Fox News Sunday, Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, said Obama’s position on abortion “contradicts what it means to be president.”

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By godistwaddle, May 26, 2009 at 10:11 am Link to this comment

Yes, I’d have been aborted, a (prior) consummation devoutly to be wished.  I’d have missed a long, really lucky life where nothing bad has ever happened to me, but still has been filled with more sorrow than joy, for sure.

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By ardee, May 24, 2009 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

godistwaddle, May 24 at 10:32 am #
“My mom had two abortions in the 30’s (illegal)before my conception.  She was proud of them—she’d made a rationl decision.  I often wish she’d had another.”

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I just gotta ask…You wish your mom had had another abortion? Wouldnt that have been you she aborted?

On a more serious note, I think your mom displayed great courage undergoing a procedure that was, in that era, dangerous and illegal.

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By godistwaddle, May 24, 2009 at 7:32 am Link to this comment

expatingermany says no one is “for” abortion.  I am.
As I posted above, no thinking fetus would choose to be birthed into this world.  My mom had two abortions in the 30’s (illegal)before my conception.  She was proud of them—she’d made a rationl decision.  I often wish she’d had another.

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By hippie4ever, May 19, 2009 at 9:39 am Link to this comment

Catholics who follow Church dogma have failed to think for themselves: they do what they’re told and their opinions are largely absurd, especially regarding sex and reproduction. Prudes and zealots—every sperm is sacred; every egg is god—what complete & utter nonsense!

Obama should have redefined a strict separation between church & state, only his own mind is fuzzy on this issue. Or maybe he realizes the role organised religion can play in making a materialist nation more “spiritual” as the rich steal whatever is left. Keep us down and busy scrapping by on handouts. More change I cannot believe in.

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By thebeerdoctor, May 19, 2009 at 4:37 am Link to this comment

re: ITW

Yes Inherit, Pat Robertson did call for the assassination of Hugo Chavez, and before that he called to take out Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi, by proclaiming that one must shoot “mad dogs”. The Rev. Robertson is a holy something or other, and even though he has been crawling around on the ground for so very long, I still, for the likes of me, can not figure out what.
But some claim there is great wisdom which emits from the founder of the 700 Club. This chief oracle claims that God has punished homosexuals by giving them the scourge known as AIDS, and that “godless secular humanists” are destroying all of America’s natural holy goodness.
But fear not! Go ahead, don’t be afraid to put your hand on the mouse and click on at the web site, where it states: your faith contribution. Render your tithes to Pat and blessings will be overflowing. In the name of something or other, amen.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment


It amazing how the Abortion issue brings your True Nazi personality to light.

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It’s called a JOKE! “Partial-Birth Abortion” is a mantra to the so-called “Pro-Life” movement even though no such procedure actually exists. So it’s natural to go from “Partial-Birth” to “Post-Birth” abortions in the effort for dark humor.

BTW, didn’t Pat Robertson suggest that we should assassinate Hugo Chavez?  I guess that’s not “True Nazi personality” is it?

Nor is it “True Nazi personality” that most so-called “Pro-Life” advocates are ardent advocates of the death penalty.  Only Catholics (guided by the stern decision of JP II that capital punishment is ALWAYS wrong—2000 years late, but better late than never) oppose the death penalty as well.

You didn’t find it funny? Well, that’s your look-out, not mine.

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By driving bear, May 18, 2009 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

To inherit the wind Folktruther

These so called people said

By Inherit The Wind, May 18 at 7:26 am #


Folktruther, May 17 at 10:58 pm #

I firmly believe that Obama should introduce legislation that makes obrotion for the religious right MANDATORY They are obviously unfit to raise children.

But I might be willing to comprimise if they do.
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I think we agree on something! I may even be amenable to post-birth abortion—up to the age of…Lemme see…How old IS Pat Robertson?


It amazing how the Abortion issue brings your True Nazi personality to light.

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By Tom Semioli, May 18, 2009 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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These same so-called Christians have no problem “killing babies” after they’re born by supporting the so-called “War on Terrorism.”

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By NYCartist, May 18, 2009 at 9:58 am Link to this comment

It’s my uterus.  End of discussion.

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By godistwaddle, May 18, 2009 at 4:39 am Link to this comment

“The death of a child is never really to be regretted, considering how much he has escaped.”  (Thomas Hardy)

Would any (imaginary) “thinking fetus” choose to be birthed into this cesspool of captalist exploited labor (unless it were incapable of sensation, like Goerge W. Bush)?  Would any thinking fetus choose to be George W. Bush, in fact?  Silver spoon, privilege, wealth—-useless and murderous.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 18, 2009 at 4:26 am Link to this comment

Folktruther, May 17 at 10:58 pm #

I firmly believe that Obama should introduce legislation that makes obrotion for the religious right MANDATORY They are obviously unfit to raise children.

But I might be willing to comprimise if they do.
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I think we agree on something! I may even be amenable to post-birth abortion—up to the age of…Lemme see…How old IS Pat Robertson?
smile

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By ardee, May 18, 2009 at 2:46 am Link to this comment

I am opposed to much of what President Obama has wrought to date, I am saddened that he betrays the progressives who supported him almost in unanimity as well.

But I do believe that to criticize him for his unfailing attempts to find common ground, to frame explosive issues in intellectual terms and defuse the explosive climate and polarization of our nation is simply wrong.

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By thebeerdoctor, May 18, 2009 at 12:44 am Link to this comment

As I recall, the issue over who has final biological say over a woman’s body, was decided by The Supreme Court of the United States to be the woman’s choice. This is the law of the land. Why President Obama chooses to try an appease the ideologically bent extremists is part and parcel of his idiotic need to bring more religious nonsense into government. His God tells him to do this. Barack Obama secretly knows that he himself is God. How does he know this? Every time he prays he finds he is talking to himself.

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By expat in germany, May 18, 2009 at 12:33 am Link to this comment
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No one is “for” abortion.

Obama was correct to point out that what is needed
are better ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
This isn’t rocket science.
Young people need ongoing, age-appropriate sex education and access to contraceptives, period.

If you oppose abortion, help young men and women understand how to avoid pregnancy. Anyone still advocating “abstinance” as part of the solution is either senile, brain-dead, or joking.

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By Folktruther, May 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment

I firmly believe that Obama should introduce legislation that makes obrotion for the religious right MANDATORY They are obviously unfit to raise children.

But I might be willing to comprimise if they do.

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By DOUGLAS B RYAN DDS, May 17, 2009 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment
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IT IS NO WONDER THAT THE CHURCH IS LOOSING IT.S
MEMBERS.  YOU MADE A VERY BAD CHOICE IN BESTOWING
THE DEGREE !!!

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