by Steven Ertelt
March 3, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Senator Barack Obama spoke at Hocking College in Ohio on Sunday and continued to peddle the message that his pro-abortion position isn’t at odds with Biblical values. He said his view that abortions should be legal without any limits and funded with taxpayer dollars does not make him "less Christian."
Obama has come under strong condemnation from pro-life groups because he not only supports abortion but has repeatedly attempted to justify it as compatible with Christian views.
"I think that the bottom line is that in the end, I think women, in consultation with their pastors, and their doctors, and their family, are in a better position to make these decisions than some bureaucrat in Washington," Obama said, according to a WTAP-TV report. "That’s my view."
"Again, I respect people who may disagree, but I certainly don’t think it makes me less Christian. Okay," the Democratic presidential candidate added.
However, leading Catholic writer Deal Hudson says he has no trouble calling Obama an "anti-Catholic" presidential candidate because of his pro-abortion views.
"It’s hard to disagree when Obama has a 100 percent pro-abortion rating from NARAL, supports partial-birth abortion, supports spending tax dollars for abortion, [and] voted against notifying parents of minors seeking out-of-state abortions," he said.
Hudson says it’s no surprise that leading pro-abortion activist Frances Kissling endorsed Obama calling Hillary Clinton "not radical enough on abortion."
Hudson calls Obama’s pro-abortion views the beginning of a "Catholic problem" and why "Catholic voters are already sensing a disconnect with the charismatic young senator from Illinois."
Of his attempt to justify his pro-abortion views as following Christian tenets, Hudson writes, "It’s doubtful that such a strategy to gain Catholic support would be successful."
However, he believes Obama will soon recognize this and change his approach to pro-life Catholic and evangelical voters.
"His Catholic strategy will be to paint a broad picture — ‘the pursuit of the common good’ — of agreement with Catholic social teaching while trying to avoid the troubling specifics of his voting record on life issues," Hudson concludes.