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Obama: Fatherhood Starts at Conception

Barack Obama infamously said it was “beyond my pay grade” to decide when human life begins, but that’s not what his Father’s Day lecture in Parade magazine says. It suggests that a child’s life begins at conception, and it’s not just a fetus whose humanity can be defined arbitrarily by a right to “choose”:

That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.

I’m guessing that also means that real fathers don’t feel “punished by a baby.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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