Karl Rove Applauds Pro-Life Advocates, Says Barack Obama is Too Pro-Abortion
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by Steven Ertelt
July 5, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Hundreds of pro-life activists at the National Right to Life convention were treated to a morning keynote speech from political strategist Karl Rove on the anniversary of the nations independence. Rove, the much-celebrated and much-maligned political advisor to President Bush said owes his elections to the work of the pro-life advocates.
Rove said hes been appreciative of the support pro-life advocates have given to President Bush and that the president has done everything possible to advance the pro-life cause.
This is a president who is deeply and passionately committed to the goal you have — which is to foster a respect for life in this country, Rove said.
He has been forthright and clear and deliberate in his rhetoric and has been aggressive in his actions, Rove added. Hes happy to work together with you for a great common cause.
Rove said Bush started his pro-life advocacy in his first day in office by reinstituting the Mexico City Policy, which makes sure taxpayers arent forced to fund abortions overseas.
Rove said Bush was delighted to sign pro-life bills into law like the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, ban on partial-birth abortions and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
He said Bush also worked closely with pro-life advocates to make sure judges were appointed to the Supreme Court who would strictly interpret the laws rather than make them up from the bench.
Rove discussed the August 2001 decision of President Bush to make sure no taxpayer funds are spent on any new embryonic stem cell research that would destroy human lives. He said the president values alternatives like adult stem cell research or direct reprogramming that does not involve the destruction of human life.
It was not an easy decision. I was there and said through the meetings in the Oval Office with bioethicist and scientists and parents with children with diseases who hoped that if only the president would allow the destruction of human embryos their lives would be improved, he said.
But weve got to be careful about crossing lines that, once crossed, would have devastating effects on our culture, Rove said. It would be crossing a very dangerous ethical barrier that would turn life into a commodity.
He said President Bush understands that science and ethics need not be at odds and credited pro-life advocates with helping to defend President Bushs decision.
Youre to be applauded for it because you stuck with the fight in good years and bad years to help Americans understand we should create a culture that values human life, he said. Youve been active in politics and debate and law and legislation.
Rove commended the pro-life Democrats in the audience who have stood up against a pro-abortion party who wouldnt allow former Pennsylvania governor Bob Casey to speak at the Democratic convention during the time of President Bush.
Without those 16 Democrats, the partial-birth abortion ban would never have passed in the U.S. Senate, he said. These men and women deserve out thanks and appreciation.
However, he said Democrats havent come far enough because their presidential nominee, Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion candidate the Democrats have put forward.
Thats because Obama has vocally opposed the partial-birth abortion ban, a co-sponsor of a bill to overturn pro-life laws across the country, and is a supporter of taxpayer funding of abortion.
How can you bring Democrats together when you support the divisive practice of supporting abortions with taxpayer dollars? Rove said. He just cant square that circle.
Rove took Obama to task for his votes and speaking on the floor of the Illinois legislature against a bill that would have offered medical care for infants who are born prematurely or survive failed abortions.
On the other hand, Rove said John McCain I clearly pro-life on abortion and has a strong pro-life voting record on abortion issues. He also said McCain has put his pro-life words into action by adopting a daughter from an impoverished nation.
Every American ought to know about the McCains visit to Mother Teresas orphanage in Bangladesh, he said. Its one thing to vote or speak but its another thing to demonstrate a culture of life like that.
Rove said the only way pro-life advocates will win in November is if pro-life people get out and work overtime to get pro-life people to the polls and to convince undecided voters to support McCain over Obama.
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