BO appeal

Advocates
INTERNATIONAL
8001 Braddock Road Suite 800
Springfield, Virginia 22151-2110
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Samuel E. Ericsson
President and Founder
 
sericsson@advocatesinternational.org
Sameul B. Casey
Exec Vice President and General Counsel
sbcasey@advocatesinternational.org
www.advocatesinternational.org
 

February 11, 2009

President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

No person on Planet Earth has a greater opportunity than you to promote and protect the God-given inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As a fellow Harvard Law School graduate (Class of 1969), I followed your campaign with great interest, listened to your Inaugural Address and watched your administration take shape. At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, with guests from 150 nations present, you made a powerful comment that resonates with the overwhelming majority of Americans, as well as billions of people worldwide:

"There is no God who condones taking the life of
an innocent human being. This much we know."

We agree with you! Our hope and prayer is that your administration will walk your talk:

You've talked about finding common ground. Let us seek for ways where we can live respectfully with our deepest differences without denying truth.

You've talked about the importance of honesty. Let us not reward with tax dollars those abortion providers who mislead pregnant women by telling them that there is "nothing more than tissue" in the womb when the truth is that the unborn child is a whole, separate, unique, living human being. In post-abortion counseling, the vast majority of women say they would not have chosen abortion if they had been told of the true nature of the unborn child. They often feel lied to and cheated. Better than any single strategy to fulfill your oft-stated goal of "reducing the need for abortions" is to tell the mother the truth about her unborn child!

You've talked about the freedom of conscience. Let us not discriminate against physicians and nurses who believe that an unborn baby is a whole, separate, unique, living human being and therefore refuse to perform abortions as a matter of conscience and religious conviction.

You've talked about protecting "the least of these" - a phrase coined by Jesus to describe the attributes of his followers as caring for the hungry, the poor, the stranger, the sick and those in prison. Let us not turn a deaf ear on the projected 19 million babies who will be conceived during your term - with perhaps 6 million of "the least of these" terminated in the womb!

You've talked about transparency. Let us encourage the restoration of a true physician-patient relationship between a woman and her doctor rather than the typical four to seven minute encounter all too common in abortion clinics.

You've talked about a "new era of responsibility" for politicians who "spent money they didn't have." Yet your first Executive Order with significant financial impact rescinded President Reagan's freeze on hundreds of millions of tax dollars for international abortions. These funds will exceed the total income taxes paid by 10 million of our poorest Americans. The funds will funnel through Planned Parenthood and the UN Family Planning Agency that supports China's "one-child policy" leading to 400 million forced abortions during your lifetime - nearly equal to the combined populations of America, Canada and Mexico! In a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, 65% of Americans believe your decision is wrong. Clearly, we will spend money we don't have.

Your Inaugural Address warned those "who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents." Let us not ignore the indisputable scientific fact that unborn babies feel pain. They are the true "innocents" facing slaughter without any "freedom of choice."

You've talked about "humane treatment" for the 242 "extremely dangerous" detainees at Guantanamo. Let us make certain that the 19 million children conceived during your term will be safely "detained for nine months" in their mother's womb and treated no less humanely than the 242 detainees at Guantanamo - consistent with your view of "America's highest ideals."

You've talked about the need to return to "good science." Let us promote the "indisputable scientific fact" as found by the South Dakota Legislature in 2005 - and affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in June, 2008 in Planned Parenthood v. Rounds - after hearing 55 witnesses, including 32 experts from both sides of the issue, that abortion terminates the life of a "whole, separate, unique, living human being." (See Report of The South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion: Submitted to the Governor and Legislature of South Dakota December 2005).

You've talked about the Golden Rule. Let us admit that we've never met anyone of sound mind who wishes that their mother had aborted them. We're all glad to have had a Birth Day. We should assume that the unborn child would want a Birth Day of their own.

You've talked about women's rights. Let us not ignore the rights of unborn women and the constitutional and natural rights of a mother to a relationship with her biological child.

You've talked about taking personal responsibility. Let us admit that every woman who intends to carry a baby full-term always refers to it as a "baby." Let us not rationalize - rational/lies - by re-labeling it as "nothing more than tissue" when the choice is to abort the baby. If it is a baby when we choose to keep it, it is also a baby when we choose to dispose of it.

You've echoed Dr. King's talk about character. Let us not penalize hospitals run by religious groups - be they Adventist, Baptist, Evangelical, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Presbyterian, or Roman Catholic - whose religious beliefs see abortion as morally wrong. Dr. King made the connection between law and morality: "A just law squares with the moral law of God. An unjust law . . . is out of harmony with the moral law." We would recommend that all these hospitals close their doors rather than bend to the dictates of The State on a matter of conscience.

You've talked about opportunity. Let us give pregnant women the full opportunity to hear the truth that the unborn baby is a "whole, separate, unique, living human being." The South Dakota Study on Abortion reported that as few as 2% of pregnant women choose abortion when given the opportunity to hear the truth and see the sonogram of the baby alive in the womb.

You've talked about remaking America. Let us reaffirm the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. Let us live out your powerful statement: There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being. This much we know.

Be assured that our global network informally linking 30,000 advocates in 150 nations who help "the least of these" will pray that you and your administration will do what you know is right.

Sincerely,

Samuel E. Ericsson
Founder & President