Obama in 2004: Unborn baby is only ‘potential life’

At a campaign event in 2004, Illinois State Senator Barack Obama stated that he believed a fetus is more than just a ball of cells; it is, in fact, a “potential life”:

“My basic view is that abortion is an extraordinarily difficult moral issue. As a Christian, I think that a fetus is not just a collection of cells,” Obama says. “It is a potential life.”

Notice that, while Obama at least acknowledged the existence of a developing being, he was unable to acknowledge that said being is actually alive. A child whose heart beats, who kicks and hiccups, is only a potential life.

According to Obama, that’s exactly what it is:

“And I think that after viability it is legitimate for the state to prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is an exception for the mother’s life and health. Prior to viability, the problem is that this potential life is inside someone else’s body,” Obama continues. “It’s inside a woman’s body. And I don’t feel that it is appropriate for me to simply dictate to that person, to that woman what she should do with her body.

A woman carries and protects another human being inside of her, a human being that grows and develops from the moment that it is conceived, and, in Obama’s universe, that’s a “problem.” Disgusting. And what’s worse is that today, in 2012, President Obama believes that when those potential lives are fully realized, that is the biggest problem of all.

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