Thursday, October 23, 2008

Obama and abortion: The truth lies in his record

From the St Louis Today Newspaper:
Among Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's many political talents is his ability to recalibrate his message to the tastes of different audiences. This gift for niche-messaging sometimes gets him into trouble — just ask those God-fearing, gun-clinging, small-town folks in Pennsylvania — but it also allows Obama to position himself as a candidate who transcends divisions despite a rigidly partisan record.Nowhere is Obama's skill at squaring contradictions more evident than on abortion. It is the rare presidential candidate who is adept enough at spinning his abortion record to win a historic endorsement from Planned Parenthood and earn a perfect voting score from NARAL Pro-Choice America, while also inspiring supporters to build websites proclaiming him the race's "pro-life" candidate. Those websites are run by Democratic partisans whose commitment to defending the right to life of the unborn generally ranks far behind their commitment to seeing the electoral map awash in blue. Still, their brashness in defending Obama's pro-life credentials is remarkable. Listening to them, you never would know that Obama supports taxpayer-funded abortions, opposed legislation aimed at protecting babies who survive late-term abortions and has pledged to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would eliminate virtually all federal, state and local restrictions on abortion.(more)

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