Democratic Senator in Arkansas Won’t Campaign With Obama
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 4/10/12 11:15 AM
A Democratic senator says he has no plans to campaign with pro-abortion President Barack Obama as the president fights for another four year term this November.
Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor said on a Fort Smith television interview program, that he will not make any appearances this Fall with Obama — even though he doesn’t face re-election to his own U.S. Senate seat until 2014.
“I’m not there to represent a president,” he said. “I think that is one thing that I think people in Arkansas understand, but nationally people have forgotten this.”
“As much as I may love all of our presidents … I just don’t really get involved in those races,” Pryor said. “My view is, Democrat, Republican, it doesn’t matter, my view is I’m in Washington to try to work with people.”
Pryor is something of a moderate Democrat in a southern state that went for John McCain by 20 percentage points over Obama in the 2008 race and is not expected to be one of the top battleground states this time around either. Although he is pro-abortion, Pryor has gone against his pro-abortion colleagues in the Senate and sided with pro-life advocates on 11 of 33 votes during his Senate tenure, according to the National Right to Life Committee.
Obama has put together a strongly pro-abortion record — promoting abortion and taxpayer funding of abortions throughout his time in the White House.
From taxpayer funding of abortions in America and around the world, to the funding of the creating and destruction of human life in embryonic stem cell research with your tax money; from the absolute refusal to cut off public funding to Planned Parenthood to the stacking of the Supreme Court and federal courts with hardcore abortion advocates, pro-life groups say Obama has left every unborn child behind.
During his first week in office, Obama wasted no time in overturning the Mexico City Policy that President Bush put back in place after it was scrapped during the Bush administration. The Mexico City Policy requires the more than 600 groups that receive State Department taxpayer funding to pledge not to promote or perform abortions with it. Abortion advocates objected to the measure for years during the Bush administration because they want to use the funds to do abortions overseas or lobby pro-life nations to reverse their laws against unlimited abortions.
Obama legally had the right to divert the funding, but his administration appears to have also broken the law to promote abortion overseas.
A November 2011 GAO report looking into the Obama Administration’s use of $18 million in taxpayer funds to provide funding for a group pushing legalized abortion in Kenya found the administration broke the law.
The report showed at least one Obama grantee openly pushed to expand abortion in Kenya despite a long-standing, annually renewed law that prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used to lobby for or against abortion in other countries. The GAO report also reveals that a key Obama official stonewalled investigators and refused to cooperate with the GAO in its investigation of the activities.
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Congressman Chris Smith said “The Obama Administration basically hired surrogates to do its dirty work of abortion promotion in Kenya. This new report shows that at a minimum the Obama Administration ignored the prohibition with the end result being a new Kenyan constitution that vastly expands access to abortion in Kenya, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.”
Not long after he doled out money to Planned Parenthood, Obama sent more than $50 million to the UNFPA. That’s the agency that works hand in hand with the population control regime in China that enforces the one-child policy with human rights abuses like forced abortions and coercive sterilizations.
The third major decision Obama made after the Mexico City Policy was to overturn the limits President Bush put in place to ensure Americans don’t pay for embryonic stem cell research.
Despite the fact that they still don’t work in animals without causing tumors or immune system rejection issues, despite the fact that scientists and even top cloning and embryonic research firms are abandoning the field in droves, and despite the fact that adult stem cells continue to be the only vehicle for cures for patients for more than 100 different diseases or medical conditions, President Obama continues to make Americans pay millions for the creation and destruction of human beings for research.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is so close to Obama that White House visitor logs in only the first full year of his presidency show the head of the nation’s premier abortion business visited the White House and spent time with Obama administration officials on four occasions. That includes the White House health care summit that led to Obamacare, which funds abortions.
Obama is so beholden to Planned Parenthood that he was willing to shut down the federal government to prevent the Pence Amendment that House Republicans approved from going into law. Speaker John Boehner spent more than an hour lobbying the president to allow it but Obama wouldn’t budge.
The president has also appointed longtime abortion activists to prominent places in his administration and, on judges, Obama’s track record is clear. Sonia Sotomayor and Elaban Kagan, along with dozens of other judicial selections, ardently support abortion.
In January, Obama put in place a mandate that requires religious groups, employers or even Americans who run businesses and find these practices objectionable — to pay for contraception, birth control, sterilizations, and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees. Even after Obama revised his mandate to supposedly shift the burden from the employer to the insurance company – which still means employers have to refer Americans pay the cost in higher premiums – the Obama administration implemented the original mandate.