Barack Obama Claims He’s Not "Pro-Abortion," Abortion Not a "Good Thing"

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 11, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 11
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Barack Obama has voted against every limit on abortion as a member of the U.S. Senate — including repeated votes against making sure taxpayers aren’t forced to pay for abortions here or overseas. But Obama told the media on Friday that no one, including him, is pro-abortion.

As reported, Obama’s campaign announced a new contingent of Catholics who are supporting his presidential bid.

The group is led by two pro-life elected officials, Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and former Rep. Tim Roemer of Indiana.

Obama used their support to play down his views in favor of abortion, according to an AP report.

"It may be that those who have opposed abortion get a sense that I’m listening to them and respect their position even though where we finally come down may be different," he said.

"Most Americans recognize that what we want to do is avoid, or help people avoid, having to make this difficult choice. That nobody is pro-abortion, abortion is never a good thing," he added.

Obama also reflected on the problem pro-abortion candidates like him have had connecting with voters, a majority of women are pro-life and a strong majority of whom support the kind of common sense limits he opposes.

"The mistake that pro-choice forces have sometimes made in the past, and this is a generalization so it has not always been the case, has been to not acknowledge the wrenching moral issues involved in it," he said.