Ken Connor

Indeed, many women are convinced that women's "health care" is a high priority for President Obama, and undoubtedly it is if you define abortion and birth control as health care. What doesn't count as health care in the President's mind, however, is anything that might actually facilitate or encourage pregnancy and live birth. Thus, the President simply can't in good conscience continue funding for the pernicious "Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign," which exists to facilitate the adoption of surplus frozen embryos (or "snowflake babies") resulting from in vitro fertilization. Citing "limited interest," the Department of Health and Human Services has eliminated the $1.9 million program in its FY 2013 budget.

So we see clearly where the President's priorities lie. He's absolutely fine with plunging America ever-deeper into debt for the cause of free birth control, abortions on the cheap, unproven alternative energy initiatives, bank bailouts, auto bailouts and the like. In his mind these are all justifiable, moral causes that demand government support. On the other hand, things like medical care for infants that survive botched partial-birth abortions or adoption awareness campaigns for frozen embryos… such "limited interest" issues don't merit government funding, no matter how minimal.

Thomas Jefferson believed that "the chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all." Frozen embryos aren't mere surplus property to be discarded, but nascent human beings who should be protected released from their state of "suspended animation" and allowed to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama does not share Mr. Jefferson's views on this matter.

Several years ago, I had the privilege of meeting a family whose lives had been enriched by the blessing of twins. The Borden family adopted their sons while they were still frozen embryos at a fertility clinic in California, and came to Washington to speak out against the destruction of embryos for stem cell research. Their story, and the twins growth and development, is a compelling testament that what is at stake when dealing with frozen embryos is nothing less than human life itself.

One would hope that the cause of human life is worth a few million dollars to the President of the United States. If not, perhaps the American people need to evaluate whether this is the kind of person they want setting the priorities for how their money is spent.


Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.