I don't post much about politics here. Not because I don't have opinions, but mostly because it's just not something I like to write about very much.
I know lots of people my age really like and support Obama. And certainly, he is a gifted speaker who has some interesting ideas and at least talks a good talk about wanting to change things in Washington.
So far, I'm not impressed. What really concerns me, however, is this. During the election, he talked about trying to unite pro-choice and pro-life in trying to decrease abortions. During his almost two months in office, though, none of his decisions about abortion have been moderate. Instead, he is making moves to force physicans, nurses, and other health care professionals into having to perform procedures to which they are morally opposed. As a doctor who disagrees with many of the procedures in question, I am especially worried. Will I one day have to choose between giving up the OB care that I love just so I won't have to do things I cannot, in good conscience do?
Another bill he wants to support? Read about it here. It has not yet come before Congress during this session, but certain Senators say that they will introduce it soon. And during the campaign, this is a bill about which Obama said, "The first thing I'd do as president is sign that bill." Why should my tax dollars fund something that I find so reprehensible? Why should our government pay for a procedure that is very damaging to women, not to mention the small, but important life it extinguishes?
I worry for women - for teenagers who might rush into an abortion without having to talk to their parents about it first, making a foolish decision they later regret, for those who would suffer through the horror of a partial-birth abortion, and for patients who are currently served by Catholic hospitals that might close rather than be forced to do procedures they disagree with.
I'm trying to remain hopeful, and I certainly recognize that God is sovereign, but right now, I'm very worried about the next four years.