“Two Ways of Seeing Babies”

from an article by Marjorie Dannenfelser in the National Catholic Register

How each perceives and talks about unplanned children is extremely illuminating. McCain is living the joy of his real-life response to a �surprise child.� Obama, missing the mystery and blessing, sees only a burden.

You may remember from a few weeks ago, Obama�s answer to a question at a town hall meeting regarding HIV and STDs: He said, �Look, I got two daughters � 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don�t want them punished with a baby�

He sees such a surprise baby as punishment for wrongdoing rather than the natural result of a bad decision to engage in sex.

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Pope Benedict�s words at the first Mass of his pontificate (which President Bush repeated during his visit at the White House) put the value of the �surprise� child in context: �Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.�

No matter who you are, how smart or slow you are, how beautiful or plain you look, how much or little money you have, how healthy and physically fit you are � you are necessary.

Your right to life is equal to that of all others. Even when it�s not obvious. Even when your existence requires another�s sacrifice.

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