By Ruben Obregon
In response to a question about animal rights during a recent town hall meeting, Presidential Candidate and Senator Barack Obama said "How we treat our animals reflects how we treat each other."
Senator Obama, a co-sponsor of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act in the US Senate, calls said cruelty to animals is "unacceptable on its own stead." He says that as president, he would "continue to make sure that we treat animal cruelty like the serious crime it is." Yet Obama doesn't find unacceptable the cruel treatment of infants born alive and left to die via live birth abortions.
Now one might justify these statements by citing the fact that animal cruelty is in fact a crime, and thus Obama is right in declaring it as being unacceptable. Yet his voting record as Illinois State Senator demonstrates that he found the legal slaughter of horses in Illinois to be equally unacceptable, on its own stead, as well.
As State Senator, Obama had a record of supporting animal rights and opposing human rights for unborn children. While Obama sponsored a bill to prevent the slaughter of horses for human consumption, he also opposed the passage of the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which would have prevented the barbaric practice of callously leaving the victims of live birth abortions to die, without any attempt at life-saving medical intervention. And as a U.S. Senator, Obama voted against banning the horrific partial birth abortion procedure.
Ironically, in his announcement for support of Universal Healthcare, Obama described the denial of medical care as "morally offensive," yet he doesn't find the denial of medical care to these infants persons equally offensive.
The abominable practice of live birth abortions stands unopposed by Senator Obama, despite the fact that these infants are, abortion notwithstanding, U.S. citizens at birth.
The fact that Obama views the life and rights of a newly born citizen lower than that of a horse shows a grave flaw in his character, and should disqualify him from any leadership position. If he won't respect the youngest citizens among us, who will he respect?
What Senator Obama fails to grasp is that how we
treat our children, born and unborn, reflects how we treat each other.
Any candidate, regardless of party affiliation, who is willing to offer greater protection for horses than for infants born alive - legal United States citizens - is not fit to be President.