I already knew what his views were, but it is jarring to hear the words coming out of his mouth. In a speech to Planned Parenthood from last year (see video above), Senator Barack Obama favors the right to an abortion at every stage of pregnancy.
In addition, he cites his opposition in the Illinois State legislature to the legal protection of babies that are born alive as a result of a failed abortion. This opposition was based on the argument that giving medical treatment to such babies after they are born might erode a woman’s right to choose as established by Roe.
In Obama’s America, some babies who are born simply do not merit the protection of the law. For him, as with the broader feminist movement, the unborn baby’s right to life is shredded in the meat grinder of so-called “equal rights” for women. Here is Obama in his own words:
“I have worked on these issues for decades now. I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional law, not simply as a case about privacy, but as part of the broader struggle for women’s equality. . . We fought together in the Illinois state legislature against restrictive choice legislation, laws just like the federal abortion lawsâ€”federal abortion bansâ€”that are cropping up. I have stood up for freedom of choice in the United States Senate, and I stand by my votes against the confirmation of Judge Roberts and Samuel Alito. So you know where I stand. . . There will always be people who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield” (7:49-9:30).
By the way, Obama knows how critical the Presidency is on the issue of abortion. The next President need only make one more appointment to the Supreme Court to tip the balance against Roe, and Obama aims for that never to happen. He says,
“With one more vacancy on the Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a woman’s fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe versus Wade, and that is what is at stake in this election” (4:00-4:13).
He’s certainly right about that, and that is why he should never be President.
(HT: Justin Taylor)