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Obama discusses conversion to Christianity, defends position on abortion

September 30, 2010

President Barack Obama spoke on September 28 about his conversion to Christianity. The president, who attended a Catholic elementary school when he lived in Jakarta, was baptized as a United Church of Christ member at the age of 27.

“My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn't raise me in the church,” he said. “So I came to my Christian faith later in life.”

“It was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead-- being my brother's and sister's keeper, treating others as they would treat me,” he added.

“And I think also understanding that, you know, that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings-- that we're sinful and we’re flawed and we make mistakes, and that we ... achieve salvation through the grace of God.”

“Now, with respect to the abortion issue, I actually think-- I mean, there are laws both federal, state and constitutional that are in place,” he said later. “And I think that this is an area where I think Bill Clinton had the right formulation a couple of decades ago, which is abortion should be safe, legal, and rare."”

The president described abortion as “a difficult, oftentimes tragic situation that families are wrestling with.”

“I think the families and the women involved are the ones who should make the decisions, not the government,” he said, adding: “I do think actually that there are a whole host of laws on the books that after a certain period, the interests shift such that you can have some restrictions, for example, on late-term abortions, and appropriately so.”


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  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Sep. 30, 2010 9:26 PM ET USA

    Hey, 'Bama. Substitute "slavery" for "abortion" and see if it sounds acceptable. Slavery should be safe and legal, ha? And rare? You may own a few slaves but not more than 2? And owning them is OK as long as you feed and house them? That safe, legal, and rare argument doesn't sound so good afterall, does it?

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Sep. 30, 2010 8:10 PM ET USA

    As I recall, this is the fellow who was willing to have his grandchildren killed so his daughters would not be inconvenienced?

  • Posted by: Skip - Sep. 30, 2010 6:16 PM ET USA

    This president is a national tragedy.

  • Posted by: ltoscan2645 - Sep. 30, 2010 8:44 AM ET USA

    "abortion should be safe, legal, and rare."” - hmm....lets see rare? almost 40,000,000 abortions later allowed by these enlightened laws and he has the nerve to speak of abortion as rare...oh but I forgot according to his wife he carries a picture of our Blessed Mother Help of Christians in his pocket so everything is OK

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Sep. 30, 2010 8:05 AM ET USA

    Gee, the Bamster and I have something in common after all: I think TAXES should be safe, legal and rare; and I think whether to pay them should be decided by the people involved, not the government.