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April 16, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Obama and Notre Dame

Value of human life at the core of Catholic faith

On the subject of Obama speaking at Notre Dame’s commencement, Laura Billington equates President Reagan’s being divorced with President Obama’s assault on the life of the unborn [“Obama and Notre Dame,” Opinion, Northwest Voices, April 15].

That’s extreme liberal moral relativism for you. Mass murder of innocent life cannot be compared to the failure to keep a marriage promise.

The Catholic Church absolutely advocates marriage as a lifetime commitment for good reason, but the care for God’s most precious creation, human life, is of paramount importance, a universal truth at the core of the Catholic faith.

It is a fact — we’re at about 50 million innocent, aborted babies in the U.S. and counting. “Our Lady” is no doubt shedding tears for this country having allowed a man so pro-abortion to be the leader of the free world. A Catholic university has no business awarding an honorary degree while turning a blind eye to the war Obama has declared on innocent human life.

He has launched several attacks during his first weeks in office: He supports eliminating the conscience clause for medical professionals; he’s lifted restrictions on federal funding to international groups that promote abortion and human-embryo destruction, while he reduced funding for the only stem-cell research that has proved to be effective; he renewed funding for a U.N. group that helped support China’s forced sterilization and abortion policies; and he vowed to support the Freedom of Choice Act, undoing any pro-life work that has been done on behalf of the innocent unborn.

This is hope? Catholics must unite in dismay over these actions, not award an honorary degree.

— Andrea Arnone, Bellevue

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