This past week, I picked up the phone for a recorded call from a woman speaking for a pro-life organization in Wisconsin. She prefaced the words of then-Sen. Barack Obama at a campaign stop on March 29, 2008, in Pennsylvania as “chilling.”
Well, I found, upon research, that this recording was untruthful and misleading, because it had been taken out of context. His response was to a question about HIV/AIDS, but what I heard on the call was only a portion of what he said.
He continued his answer emphasizing prevention through education, which included abstinence and reproductive information. Because of his love for his two “precious” daughters and parental responsibility, he stated that he was “going to teach them first of all about values and morals.” He believes that knowledge is the way to prepare children for life and to make good choices.
I prefer to think that unplanned pregnancy should not be considered as punishment, but also know that too often the mother, child and society suffer. That is why sex education is so important.
So why target me and probably many other Wisconsin women with this call? And, what is the motivation for false information? Who are they trying to influence against our president?
If the people from the pro-life organization are so passionate about their stand in opposition to women who make decisions about their own reproductive choices, why not be truthful? Whose money paid for this call? Was this a political ploy? If so, can you imagine how many women received this call and believe it, rather than doing the research to determine the truth about this phone message. How very disappointing it is to know that there are people and organizations in our state and country that rely on lies, rather than truth, as a means of manipulation.