Kathryn Lopez

Don't underestimate the power of President Barack Obama. This White House administration marks an age of transformation -- Obama said so himself. And let's face it, D.C. is certainly changing.

"The day I'm inaugurated, the country looks at itself differently. And don't underestimate that power. Don't underestimate that transformation," then-senator Barack Obama told the National Urban League two years ago. He was talking about the historic fact that he would be the first black president of the United States, a fact greeted by bipartisan applause.

But the transformation did not stop there. And transformation isn't a good in itself.

During the presidential campaign, Obama -- who once defended infanticide on the floor of the Illinois statehouse -- played moderate and told evangelical megachurch pastor Rick Warren that abortion was above his pay grade.

But Obama is now pushing a healthcare plan that in its various congressional iterations could "result in the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade," according to the National Right to Life Committee.

This plan, and the president's record, which errs on the side of death when it comes to international abortion funding and embryo-destroying stem-cell research, aren't the only signs of a deadly change in Washington. A shameful acceptance of abortion as a fact of life is creeping into mainstream establishment culture.

Talking about abortions and Medicaid funding in a New York Times Magazine interview earlier this month, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg candidly shared: "Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of."

Her comments should have been jarring to the interviewer. There are populations we don't want to have too many of? Abortion was meant to address this desire? This didn't just warrant a follow-up that didn't happen, it should have been a front-page story, too.

Ginsburg's comments are consistent with comments made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this year. Upon acceptance of an award from Planned Parenthood, Clinton declared: "The 20th century reproductive-rights movement, really embodied in the life and leadership of Margaret Sanger, was one of the most transformational in the entire history of the human race."

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.