by Steven Ertelt
March 12, 2007
Dubuque, IA (LifeNews.com) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama participated in a lengthy question and answer session over the weekend at Loras College, a Catholic school in Iowa. Despite its affiliation with the pro-life church, many of the audience members appeared to be Obama supporters rather than citizens wanting more information.
Though the pro-abortion Illinois senator had many friends in the audience, one participant questioned him about the contentious issue.
"Millions of people have been killed because of the Roe v. Wade trial," one college student asked. "What is your view on that?"
Obama reframed the question in order to get away from the statement that preceded the student’s question, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
"You’re asking about my view on abortion," he said.
"I think that it’s a profound and difficult moral issue," he said. "I believe in and trust women in general to make the best decision."
According to the Tribune, a good percentage of the crowd stood at that point and applauded his pro-abortion views.
Obama’s statement didn’t surprise anyone as he has a 0 percent pro-life voting record according to the National Right to Life Committee.
He has voted to spend taxpayer dollars to fund groups that perform or promote abortions in other countries and voted twice against parental notification and consent. He also has voted to force taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research, which involves the destruction of human life.
As a result of his consistent support for abortion — even voting against a measure to prohibit taxpayer funding of it — Obama received a 100 percent rating from the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council when he was an Illinois state legislator.
Joseph Scheidler, director of the Pro-Life Action League, was not as happy as others when Obama announced his candidacy for president. He highlighted how Obama went further than some abortion advocates by voting against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which requires proper medical care and treatment for babies who are born alive after a botched abortion.
"Such extraordinary disregard for the lives of the most helpless members of our society disqualifies Obama from serving as our President," Scheidler said in a statement sent to LifeNews.com.
Before the vote on the born alive bill, Jill Stanek, a Chicago-area nurse discovered that staff at the hospital where she worked were leaving newborn babies to die if they were not successfully killed during an abortion. Aghast at the practice, state lawmakers proposed a bill to make sure babies received proper medical care and treatment following failed abortions.
As a lawmaker from the Windy City, Obama voted against the modest measure, claiming it would pose problems for the status of legalized abortion in general.
"It would essentially bar abortions because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this was a child then this would be an anti-abortion statute," Obama said during a state Senate debate in 2001, according to an AP report.
Obama eventually tried to counter the criticism of his vote on his own in 2004 when running for the Senate seat he currently occupies. He said he would have voted for a federal bill that accomplished similar goals as the Illinois legislation.