Catholic Newspaper Says Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Position Problematic

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 13, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic Newspaper Says Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Position Problematic

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 13
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — One of the top Catholic publications in the United States carried an editorial in its latest issue saying Barack Obama’s positions in favor of abortion and euthanasia are problematic for Catholic voters. Obama appears more and more likely to be the Democratic nominee and his views will cost him Catholic votes.

"It’s important for Americans to know exactly where Barack Obama stands on abortion, because abortion is one of the fundamental issues Americans should be most concerned about," say the editors of the National Catholic Register.

"For the abortion industry and Obama, opposing the right to life has meant uncompromising dedication to a counter-principle," they write. "For Obama, protecting the unstated principle ‘unwanted children do not have the right to life’ is the only way abortion can remain legal."

"Obama not only opposes the right to life, his opposition is his highest priority," they write.

Catholic voters can rule out Obama because "Obama’s votes and official positions deny the right to life to three categories of human beings: the unborn, the ‘accidentally’ born and, at least in one case, the adult ‘unfit.’"

NCR says Obama "rejects" the view of Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., who says that the right to life is the fundamental human right.

The newspaper also tags Obama for opposing a ban on partial-birth abortions or any legal rights for unborn children.

"How could Obama be so opposed to the right to life? He may have let slip one reason at a March Town Hall meeting in Pennsylvania," they wrote.

The editorial talks about Obama’s comment at a Pennsylvania rally during which he said he wouldn’t want his young daughters "punished" with a baby should they become pregnant.

"He thinks ‘unwanted’ children, by their very existence, are an unacceptable imposition," the editors write.

NCR also concentrates on Obama’s actions as a member of the Illinois state legislature, when he successfully prevented a bill to provide appropriate medical care for newborns who survive failed abortions from moving forward.

The editors call the pro-infanticide position "a necessary consequence of Obama’s embrace of abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy" and say the babies are "the next category of human being Obama says has no right to live."

The NCR editors also bash Obama for promoting euthanasia.

"In a recent debate, Obama said the vote he most regrets was his vote to save Terri Schiavo’s life," they wrote. "Congress and President Bush attempted to intervene to save her life, and not just to save her life, but to stop the dangerous precedent. They failed. Now Obama says they shouldn’t have tried."

Ultimately, NCR points out that Obama would make promoting abortion his top priority and first act as president.

"The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act,” he told Planned Parenthood last July about the bill that would overturn pro-life laws nationwide and legally enshrine abortion.

"That would make America more friendly to the abortion industry than any other country in the world," NCR says.