Pro-Life Group: Barack Obama Camp Doesn’t Deny Tax-Funded Abortion OK
by Steven Ertelt
July 11, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life group that has launched a new campaign highlighting presidential candidate Barack Obama’s support for taxpayer-funded abortions says his campaign hasn’t denied that’s the case. In its official response, the Obama campaign said nothing to refute the contention.
Earlier this week, the Christian Defense Coalition launched a national campaign called, "Barack Obama: The Abortion President."
It features advertisements and a media campaign focused on an image of Uncle Sam with Obama’s face saying, "I want you to pay for abortions."
The group stressed that Senator Obama would have all Americans pay for abortions both here and abroad under his health care plan and other policies.
In an official response to the group, Obama campaign spokesperson Nick Shapiro claimed the pro-abortion candidate wants to reduce abortions despite making Americans pay for them.
He claimed Obama "understands that the best way to reduce the need for abortions is to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies."
"He is committed to commonsense solutions to achieve that objective and to changing the tone of the discourse which for too long has devolved into false and negative attacks such as this that do nothing to accomplish that goal," Shapiro added.
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, the head of the pro-life group, tells LifeNews.com that Shapiro never pointed out any part of the condemnation of Obama’s taxpayer-funded abortion position that he considered a "false attack."
"When the Obama campaign had a chance to deny he supported taxpayer funded abortions, they refused to do so," he said. "The reason for that is simple. Senator Obama supports taxpayer funded abortions and has blocked legislation that would have prohibited public funds from being used for abortions."
"It is clear, that if elected, Senator Obama would be the most pro-abortion President in American history," Mahoney added. "His views are so radical and extreme that he would have Catholics, Evangelicals and other people of faith pay for abortions."
"Senator Obama’s radical and extreme support of abortion shows he is not a progressive candidate interested in human rights and social justice," Mahoney concluded.
Mahoney said members of his group will be confronting Obama at campaign stops in California over the weekend. They will be asking him to change his position on making people pay for abortions for poor women.
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