A letter to the President

Posted By on March 25, 2009

Dear President Obama,

I don’t know that you will ever read this; yet I feel I must share my feelings, if nothing else because I know that so many others feel the same way. I hope that if enough people express these same thoughts, they will come to your attention and you may know that they are not just the ravings of an angry minority.

What I want to tell you is that I am deeply saddened by abortion. I am saddened by the loss that human beings, both unborn and mothers, face. I am also saddened that our nation has put such pressure on young people to stay young, avoid sexual responsibility, and do anything to keep a man, that millions of women who do not want abortions are being pressured into them anyway.

Most of all, I am saddened that our nation appears to be heading in the direction of such callousness that it no longer offers any protection to its most vulnerable people.

I am not entirely sad, though. I am also happy to know that polls have repeatedly shown that most people support the limiting or elimination of abortion on demand. The vast majority want it either ended, or limited to only extreme and rare cases. And that is the primary reason I am writing to you. I want to remind you that America is not a heartless nation.

I know that you may feel that we are a pro-choice nation, because you ran on a pro-choice platform and won. But I and many others want to tell you that this is a mistaken perception. Many of the people who voted for you are pro-life, but hoped that abortion would take a back seat in your policies because they had financial fears that they hoped you would help to solve. It may look like a majority support your pro-choice platform, but the reality is that most Americans do not. They are simply troubled on so many issues that this was not the issue that decided their vote.

I believe, Mr. President, that you and many others in the federal government try to keep to views that you perceive as being popular among your constituents. I honestly understand this. You want to get elected, and you want to represent the views of the majority. But what you may not realize is that pro-choice politics do not represent the views of most Americans. Most of us are moderate, and truly wish to see the abortion struggle end differently from this slaughter we see today.

I ask you, Mr. President, to reconsider your views on abortion and other issues that affect vulnerable people in the United States. I ask you to pay attention to the vast numbers of people who believe that abortion should be limited. And I ask you to realize that corporate money from those who profit from abortion is not what won you the election. You owe a far greater debt to the people of the US than you do to corporate electioneers.

Finally, I want to say that this is a tremendous opportunity for you. We live in a time of such turmoil that your decisions on matters like this can make or break our nation. You have the opportunity to show yourself as the courageous and compassionate person who had the strength to protect those who cannot protect yourself. In so doing, you would gain a level of respect that I suspect you cannot even imagine.

Thank you for considering my words, and the thoughts of so many others who feel the same way.

—Christina Martin


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