Pro-Life Expert on Population Issues Says McCain Beats Obama on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 19, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Expert on Population Issues Says McCain Better on Abortion Than Obama

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 19
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-life expert on population issues says he strongly favors John McCain for president because there is a significant contrast between his abortion position and Barack Obama’s. They say voters concerned about pro-life issues have an easy choice this November.

In an article sent to, Colin Mason, the media director for the Population Research Institute, says this is a "pivotal election for the pro-life movement" because of the position of the Supreme Court.

For pro-life advocates, overturning Roe and allowing states to ban abortions has been a decades-long goal and some say the court is just one vote away from doing that.

"The Supreme Court is currently effectively deadlocked on the life issues," Mason says, but with its abortion advocates aging and judicial appointments to be made, the Supreme Court is perhaps the highest priority.

"If a pro-lifer were to take the White House in 2009, he would have the opportunity to fill up to three Supreme Court seats with judges who share his views, creating a strong majority on the court," he explains.

Mason says the difference between Obama and McCain on judicial picks is stark.

"The Illinois senator’s prospective judicial appointments, as outlined in the National Journal, are not only pro-choice, but zealously so," he explains.

‘Who would McCain pick? Prospective candidates include Michael McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and Paul Clement. These are all pro-life conservatives, who are not likely to agree that the Constitution allows abortion on demand," he adds. "McCain has consistently voted to confirm pro-life judges, and insists that men like John Roberts and Samuel Alito would be his models when choosing candidates."

On the issue of abortion itself, Mason says Obama has nothing positive for pro-life voters to give him their consideration.

"Obama’s abortion record is nothing short of atrocious," he writes.

"He co-sponsored the infamous Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that would have swept aside all pro-life laws to ensure that abortion on demand, without restrictions or conditions, remains the law of the land," he explains.

"While an Illinois senator, he voted to increase taxpayer funding of abortion, and consistently opposed parental notification laws. He also opposed legislation against partial-birth abortion, enthusiastically supported embryonic stem-cell research, and even voted against anti-infanticide legislation in Illinois," Mason added.

Mason also points to a speech Obama gave Planned Parenthood saying he will not yield on the issue of abortion and promising to sign legislation to expand abortion further.

Mason writes that McCain’s abortion record is worthy of support from pro-life advocates.

"He has a 100% pro-life voting record, having consistently, over decades, cast votes in defense of the unborn," he said.

While detractors have pointed out minor flaws in his record, like supporting embryonic stem cell research funding, Mason says that, on the whole, McCain is someone pro-life voters can count on.

"The abortion issue has never been McCain’s ‘thing,’ but if his rhetoric does not show passion, his record does show quiet consistency," Mason writes. "He would turn the abortion issue over to the states, supports parental notification laws and ban on partial-birth abortion, and opposes tax-funded abortion and human cloning."

"This puts him head and shoulders above Obama, whose radical pro-abortion stance and his inflammatory rhetoric on the issue, clearly place him at the pro-abortion extreme of his party," Mason concludes. "McCain may be only a pragmatic moderate on the pro-life issue, or he may be a little more, but Obama, clearly, is rabidly pro-abortion."


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