The Biblical Activist: An Interview with Wendy Wright
What type of legislation would you like to see passed?
There have already been a number of pieces of legislation that deal with how citizens should be involved with protecting unborn children. For example, there are bans on taxpayer funding of abortion that have to be renewed every year. There are conscience regulations that protect the right of healthcare providers to not be forced to do abortions. There are also policies regarding taxpayer funding of international abortion groups.
We also work on issues of funding of stem cell research, which again means that our tax dollars are used to insight the killing of unborn children, of embryos. We've worked regarding cloning to pass state, federal and international policies that would ban cloning. There are a number of ways that our legislation can reflect the sanctity of human life or deny the sanctity of human life. That's why Roe v. Wade is not the only issue.
During his commencement speech at Notre Dame, President Obama stated that the two sides of the abortion debate were irreconcilable. Do you envision any way of achieving common ground between the two perspectives?
There have been several efforts in the past to try to find common ground and they've not worked. I think Obama knows that because in his Notre Dame speech he talked about how both sides were irreconcilable. Either it's okay to kill an innocent human being or it's not okay to kill an innocent human being. That's the two sides. And as God said, and is noted in Deuteronomy, we have set before us two choices: life or death. Choose you this day which side you will be on. And Obama has squarely placed himself on the side of death. In a way that I think most Americans would be absolutely shocked. They're still not aware of how extreme Barack Obama is when it comes to the killing of unborn children. He's got an effort now to find so-called common ground. But every action that he has taken so far--as an Illinois Senator, as a U.S. Senator and as president--has been to completely deny one class of human beings any respect or rights.
How do you feel about his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court justice?
She has a mixed record [on abortion]. Her statements and the vetting process show that she holds a view that the Constitution is a living document, which mean that judges have free reign to come up with their own Constitution, to manipulate the Constitution to fit their own views. And that is the basis of Roe v. Wade and its progeny with this legal notion that judges can make up law from the bench, which is a violation of the Constitution. That is not the role of judges. So, of course, we're quite concerned about her nomination to the Supreme Court. Especially when you look at the oath that each Supreme Court justice has to take. That oath states clearly that they are to uphold the Constitution. Yet someone who believes in this concept of a living Constitution in all honesty could not take that oath.
What is your opinion about the role faith in public life in general?
The Founding Fathers were very outspoken in their own beliefs. There's been an effort to revise history and to strip our Founding Fathers of their religious beliefs. They believed that our American system, the one that they created, could not survive without a robust public faith. So moral and religious people have a responsibility to be involved in our political system if they care about the survival of our country.