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.