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Obama and Abortion

The Matthew 25 Network has a very helpful page for Christians who want to know the truth about Senator Barack Obama as against the flood of lies we have all experienced. As promised, here’s a lengthy excerpt from that page.

These particular lies – with rebuttals – all concern Obama’s positions on abortion-related issues. There are many other lies circulating, and Matthew 25 Network’s page is a good resource for many of those as well. If you go to their page you can follow the footnote links for documentation.

One has to ask WHY are such lies so vigorously circulated? Why?

The FALSEHOOD
“Sen. Obama supports infanticide.”

The FACTS

Sen. Obama addresses this claim in a recent interview with Relevant magazine:

“The email rumor that’s been floating around is that somehow I’m unwilling to see doctors offer life-saving care to children who were born as a result of an induced abortion. That’s just false. There was a bill that came up in Illinois that was called the “Born Alive” bill that purported to require life-saving treatment to such infants. And I did vote against that bill.

The reason was that there was already a law in place in Illinois that said that you always have to supply life-saving treatment to any infant under any circumstances, and this bill actually was designed to overturn Roe v. Wade, so I didn’t think it was going to pass constitutional muster.

Ever since that time, emails have been sent out suggesting that, somehow, I would be in favor of letting an infant die in a hospital because of this particular vote. That’s not a fair characterization, and that’s not an honest characterization. It defies common sense to think that a hospital wouldn’t provide life-saving treatment to an infant that was alive and had a chance of survival.” [1]

Senator Obama has stated repeatedly that he supported the federal version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which passed Congress and addressed this same issue. Senator Obama opposed a state version of this legislation in Illinois because there was an existing state law that had been on the books for 20 years that already required such medical care, it was drafted in a way that would have rendered it unconstitutional, and it was even opposed by the Illinois State Medical Society. [2]

The FALSEHOOD
“Senator Obama supports ‘partial birth abortion.’”

The FACTS
Sen. Obama does not support Partial Birth Abortion. He has stated this repeatedly over his long legislative career. Senator Obama told Relevant Magazine,

“I have repeatedly said that I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother. Now, I don’t think that “mental distress” qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.” [3]

Some will cite Senator Obama’s ‘present’ votes on Illinois Senate Bills SB203, SB 1093, SB 1094, SB 1095 as evidence of support for partial-birth abortion. [4] However, Sen. Obama did not believe the legislation would pass constitutional muster. He has supported legislation which bans partial birth abortion as long is there is an exception for the health of the mother.” [5]
The FALSEHOOD
“Sen. Obama is an abortion ‘extremist’ who will do nothing to counter the number of abortions in this country.”

The FACTS
Sen. Obama has sought to reduce the number of abortions. Sen. Obama has supported many practical efforts to reduce abortions, expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, and supporting parents with young children by expanding the Nurse-Family Partnership.

In a recent interview Sen. Obama stated:

I think we know that abortions rise when unwanted pregnancies rise. So, if we are continuing what has been a promising trend in the reduction of teen pregnancies, through education and abstinence education giving good information to teenagers. That is important—emphasizing the sacredness of sexual behavior to our children. I think that’s something that we can encourage. I think encouraging adoptions in a significant way. I think the proper role of government. So there are ways that we can make a difference, and those are going to be things I focus on when I am president. [6]

Sen. Obama reiterated these statements during a faith forum at Messiah College saying:

We can certainly agree on the fact that we should be doing everything we can to avoid unwanted pregnancies that might even lead somebody to consider having an abortion…And what I have consistently talked about is to take a comprehensive approach where we focus on abstinence, where we are teaching the sacredness of sexuality to our children…and I think we should make sure that adoption is an option for people out there. [7]

You can see this recent post for some of my thinking about Obama and the abortion issue.

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  • I am not in favor of abortion, but that is just one issue. George Bush is against abortion. If that it the reason someone voted for him, you can see that he did nothing to change the abortion laws. He did however, preside over our country during its worst downfall economically. We as christians should take the time to research the candidates. We should look at all the facts and vote for the best candidate overall. If you take the time to do the research, you can find the facts. Try to look at both sides of each issue and decide. Here are a few facts that I found. John McCain graduated at the bottom of his class at the Naval academy, by his own admission got barely passing grades. He does not know how to use a computer. He makes statements that point out how out of touch he is. Like “the fundamentals of the economy are strong.” He was in Spain a week ago and according to the press in Spain, he did not appear to know that he was in Europe and did not know who the president of the country was. The Spanish press is making fun of him saying “at least if he can’t find us on a map, he won’t be able to bomb us.” If that is an example of his Foreign diplomacy experience, it is not a good one.
    Obama graduated near the top of his class at Harvard Law School. He went out and helped people get jobs in the community. He is very intelligent and looks at both sides of the issues. He may not have as much experience as Mccain, but he has the intelligence and understanding of the issues to make a great president.
    My main point, is just do the research before you decide, then pick the one who you think is best all around. Then hope for our country’s sake that whoever is president, they will lead our country to a better place.

  • Unfortunately, Obama’s own website shows that he is in favor of abortion in almost every instance the mother wants one. Although he qualifies his position many times with “rape” and “heath of the mother,” he is for abortion unrestricted in any way.

    From a Christian viewpoint this is unacceptable. Although I am not wild about the McCain/Palin ticket – it is the one I will have to vote for because of this issue.

  • Illinois law already provides that physicians must protect the life of a fetus when there is “a reasonable likelihood of sustained survival of the fetus outside the womb, with or without artificial support.” The legislation that Obama voted against was not necessary to protect the lives of infants. Opposing it was not “supporting infanticide.” factcheck.org/elections-2008/obama_and_infanticide.html

    Nine out of ten states with the lowest abortion rates are so-called “liberal” states. Fifteen out of sixteen of the states with the highest abortion rates are so-called “conservative” states. “Liberal” policies of safe, legal abortion; full “abstinence plus” sex education; easy access to contraceptives; and support (“welfare”) for pregnant women in poverty, result in real-life lowering of unintended pregnancies, and a lower number of abortions. They also result in more intended babies surviving. These are the policies that Obama supports: policies that are pro-life in results, not just in intentions.

    “Conservative” policies of forcing women to carry pregnancies to term against their will (legislation that is not at ALL “conservative”); “abstinence only” sex education that promotes false information and scare stories about contraception; restricting access to contraceptives and allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions; and cutting social support programs, result in real-life increase of unintended pregnancies and a higher number of abortions. Good intentions carry a moral duty to change our actions when the results don’t match our intentions.

  • His own documented words prove that he is for infanticide. You need to quit lyeing to yourself about this guy. The is in his original words not his backtracking! I’m sorry that you are hoodwinked by his lies. But the truth is pretty clear and documented and even he has admited he lied. I’ll be preying that you see this guy for what he really is, a fraud.

 
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