Lawmaker Apologizes to Barack Obama for Clinton’s Pro-Abortion Bashing

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 22, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Lawmaker Apologizes to Barack Obama for Clinton’s Pro-Abortion Bashing Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 22,

Concord, NH ( — A New Hampshire state senator has apologized to pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama for joining Hillary Clinton’s campaign in bashing him for not being pro-abortion enough. The lawmaker says the Clinton camp should have provided her with more information.

In Iowa and New Hampshire, Clinton criticized Obama over votes he cast when he was a member of the Illinois state legislature.

As has reported, Obama worked in concert with pro-abortion groups to dodge bills such as a ban on partial-birth abortions in order to not be criticized by pro-life groups for voting no come election time.

Katie Wheeler, a former state senator and the founder of the New Hampshire affiliate of NARAL, likely should have known more as a top pro-abortion activist in the first primary battleground state.

Instead, she blamed the Clinton campaign and told the Washington Post she joined Clinton in trashing Obama for the "present votes" and now she regrets doing so.

She told the newspaper that Clinton’s camp never gave her background information on why Obama voted present and only learned after the attacks that he had orchestrated the strategy with Illinois Planned Parenthood.

“It should never have gotten to the point where anyone thought Obama was not pro-choice,” she told the newspaper.

“I don’t think the Clinton campaign should have done that. It was divisive and unnecessary," Wheeler added.

"I think it was a mistake and I’ve spoken to the national [Clinton campaign] and told them it caused problems in New Hampshire, and am hoping they won’t do it again," Wheeler concluded.

Yet, both John Edwards and Hillary Clinton attacked Obama on the votes during Monday night’s presidential debates.