Right upfront I want to say that this not intended to be a political blog. I put Obama’s name in the title because he said what I’m going to talk about, but I’m much more interested in the philosophy behind the statement than who said it.
Here’s the back-story (just in case you’ve been living in a media-free cave since the last weekend in March). While campaigning in Pennsylvania, Obama appeared to back a hypothetical abortion by his daughters saying he wouldn't "punish" them with a baby. Here is a transcript of his comments:
"When it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include -- which should include abstinence education and teaching the children -- teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual. But it should also include -- it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."