Barack Obama: My Pro-Abortion Views Can Appeal to Evangelical Voters

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 24, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 24,

Washington, DC ( — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama gave a recent interview to Christianity Today magazine and said he wants to do more than previous Democratic candidates in pursuing evangelical voters. But when told his pro-abortion views are a turnoff to pro-life advocates, Obama was unapologetic in his defense of unlimited abortion.

He said part of his job as a presidential candidate is to "reach out" to evangelical voters.

"Evangelicals have come to believe often times that Democrats are anti-faith," Obama said in the interview. "Hopefully we can build some bridges that can allow us to move the country forward."

Apparently, not when it comes to abortion.

CT editors told Obama that, "For many evangelicals, abortion is a key, if not the key factor in their vote."

"You voted against banning partial birth abortion and voted against notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. What role do you think the President should play in creating national abortion policies?" they asked the Illinois senator.

"I don’t know anybody who is pro-abortion. I think it’s very important to start with that premise," Obama responded.

In his next breath, he did just that by promoting legalized abortion.

"Ultimately, women are in the best position to make a decision at the end of the day about these issues," he told Christianity Today.

Speaking to a Christian publication, Obama engaged in the kind of hand-wrenching pro-abortion politicians like he and Hillary Clinton engage in to soften their hardcore pro-abortion views.

"I do think that those who diminish the moral elements of the decision aren’t expressing the full reality of it," he said. "But what I believe is that women do not make these decisions casually, and that they struggle with it fervently with their pastors, with their spouses, with their doctors."

"Our goal should be to make abortion less common, that we should be discouraging unwanted pregnancies, that we should encourage adoption wherever possible," Obama told the magazine.

He also tried to soft sell his position by saying "the state can legitimately say we are prohibiting late-term abortions as long as there’s an exception for the mother’s health," — which ignores the fact that a health exception opens the door to keeping them all legal.

Obama came full circle back to the question of his 100% pro-abortion voting record he compiled with NARAL and Planned Parenthood by opposing a partial-birth abortion ban, limits on taxpayer-funded abortions, and parental involvement on abortion.

He tried to explain the votes away saying, "Those provisions that I voted against typically didn’t have those exceptions."

Later in the interview, Obama said he tries to follow the example of Jesus who was "always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful."

Pro-life advocates would beg to differ.