Barack Obama Slams John McCain For Opposing Abortion, Activist Judges

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 10, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Barack Obama Slams John McCain For Opposing Abortion, Activist Judges

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 10
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — With pro-life advocates and John McCain’s campaign criticizing his position in favor of unlimited abortions, Barack Obama struck back on Thursday. The Illinois senator put forward an absolutist position in favor of abortion and attacked McCain for wanting judges who don’t make law from the bench.

"I will never back down in defending a woman’s right to choose," Obama said at a breakfast fundraiser with an internal campaign group called "Women for Obama."

"That’s what’s at stake," Obama added, referring to control of the Supreme Court and whether abortion will remain legal and without limits for another 35 years.

"Senator McCain has made it abundantly clear that he wants to appoint justices like Roberts and Alito — and that he hopes to see Roe overturned," Obama said, according to an AP report. "I stand by my votes against confirming Justices Roberts and Alito."

Obama also talked about the recent decision by Planned Parenthood to endorse his candidacy and said that he and McCain are far apart on abortion. Of the endorsement, he said it was hardly a "nail-biter."

Obama is campaigning with his half sister and pro-abortion former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and orchestrating events with women voters who may have supported his formal rival and are upset that he secured the nomination.

During the event, Obama promised to adopt Clinton’s position in favor of abortion and promote it as president.

However, Clinton admitted that, for some of her former presidential backers, it may be difficult to get behind Obama in the general election.

"I understand how challenging it is to turn on a dime, to say, ‘Close that chapter now, we’re on to the next chapter,’" she said. "It is a process, it does take time for people to just take a deep breath and go forward."

Yesterday, the head of a pro-life women’s group said Obama’s record on abortion is extreme and that it wouldn’t go over well with either women or American voters in general.

Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser pointed out how, last week, Obama was trying to make his absolutist position look better.

"Barack Obama knows his extreme record on abortion doesn’t resonate with everyday American voters, so now he’s trying to soften his image," Dannenfelser told

"It won’t work. From his active opposition to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act to his support for the radical Freedom of Choice Act, Barack Obama is anything but moderate on abortion," she said.

She explained that, "Obama’s abortion-friendly voting record shows his commitment to abortion on-demand, at any time, for any reason, funded by American taxpayers."

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