Pro-Life Voters Must Work Overtime to Stop Pro-Abortion Barack Obama
by Steven Ertelt
June 4, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A spokeswoman for a leading pro-life group says pro-life advocates need to begin work today to stop likely Democratic nominee Barack Obama. Karen Cross, the political director for National Right to Life, says Obama would advocate abortion at every turn if elected president.
"Senator Barack Obama has a strong position and voting record in favor of abortion on demand," Cross told LifeNews.com. "He strongly supports the appointment of only U.S. Supreme Court Justices who favor Roe v. Wade."
That means Obama would ensure legalized abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy will remain legal in the U.S. for another 35 years, Cross says.
"If Senator Barack Obama becomes president of the United States, hundreds of thousands more unborn children will likely die each year," Cross warns.
Cross points to a speech Obama made before Planned Parenthood in 2007 promising to sign the so-called Freedom of Choice Act that would make the Roe decision federal law.
She tells LifeNews.com the bill "would invalidate virtually all state and federal limitations on abortion, and would make partial-birth abortion legal again."
Obama’s pro-abortion position is so absolute, the Right to Life leader explains, his position is even more extreme than that of Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival who he appeared to finally vanquish on Tuesday.
"As a state senator, Barack Obama even voted against saving the lives of babies who survive late term abortions," Cross says.
That’s a reference to two bills in the Illinois legislature that Obama helped defeat that would have made sure babies who survive failed abortions receive appropriate medical care following their birth.
While Obama has voted against parental notification on abortion and for mandating that taxpayers pay for abortions, Cross say presidential candidate John McCain’s record on abortion is a sharp contrast.
"Senator John McCain has a solid voting record against abortion and has cast 31 pro-life votes since 1997," Cross explains. "He has also voted against endorsing Roe v. Wade and believes it should be overturned. In addition he voted to confirm Justices Alito and Roberts."
Because the abortion contrast is so strong between the two candidates, National Right to Life issued an endorsement for the Arizona senator
"National Right to Life PAC strongly supports Senator John McCain for United States President and we have supported him in all of his U.S. Senate races," Cross said.
Pro-life advocates have had concerns with McCain on the issue of embryonic stem cell research funding but they point out that Obama also favors federal funding. That makes abortion the key issue.
While her group has had disagreements with McCain on that bioethics topic, "Senator McCain did not waver in his votes against abortion," Cross confirmed.
"The choice for president is clear," Cross concludes.