Pro-Life Group Suggests Backer of Late-Term Abortions as Obama Running Mate
by Steven Ertelt
August 21, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — One of the leading pro-life groups that monitors infamous late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller is suggesting one of his strongest supporters as Barack Obama’s running mate. Operation Rescue sarcastically figures Obama should have a vice president who shares his strong pro-abortion views.
With Obama coming under heavy criticism for votes in the Illinois legislature against an anti-infanticide bill that would offer medical care for premature babies who survive abortions, the group figures a late-term abortion backer is right for his ticket.
Officials with the group sent a humorous statement to LifeNews.com saying it is "recommending" Obama pick Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his running mate.
The idea isn’t far fetched — as political pundits have put Sebelius on Obama’s short list for the ability to have a woman as his vice president who is someone other than Hillary Clinton and who has won in a pro-life, Republican state.
"Gov. Sebelius would be the perfect selection to buttress and guarantee Senator Obama’s credentials with the powerful pro-abortion block within the Democratic Party," the group said.
"Sebelius, as Governor of a strongly Republican state, has repeatedly demonstrated her commitment to unrestricted abortion throughout the full nine months of pregnancy, (and beyond), with the same audacity that Senator Obama has previously shown," the organization added.
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Operation Rescue suggests, "It is certainly not above Gov. Sebelius’ pay grade to decide when pre-born babies should die."
The group explains Sebelius is most notorious for her close relationship with late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, who has escaped prosecution and accountability thus far for allegedly repeatedly violating state abortion laws.
He’s done so in part because of the lax standards of Sebelius and her political cronies, to whom Tiller has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sebelius is one of a handful of abortion advocates Obama is considering for his number two position.
Others include Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who recently flip-flopped from a full pro-abortion position to saying he supports some minor limits on abortions. Still, Kaine supports Roe v. Wade, which allowed virtually unlimited legal abortions throughout pregnancy.
Contenders for the Obama running mate slot also include Senators Evan Bayh of Indiana and Joe Biden of Delaware.
In Joe Biden, Obama would get one of the fiercest abortion proponents in the Senate and someone who has made a reputation of out badgering Supreme Court nominees about abortion during confirmation hearings.
Biden’s pro-abortion track record in the Senate mirrors Obama’s.
He received a pro-life voting record of 0 percent from the National Right to Life Committee for 2007-2008.
Should Bayh get the nod, the mainstream media will likely present him as a moderate on abortion and someone the pro-abortion lobby doesn’t see eye to eye with on every issue.
Though he supported the ban on partial-birth abortions, Bayh is not pro-life and has always taken the position that abortions should be legal and virtually without limits.
Bayh is a former Indiana governor who became a thorn in the side of pro-life advocates by repeatedly vetoing legislation that would have limited abortions. When he got to the U.S. Senate, he didn’t fare much better.
The National Right to Life Committee only gave Bayh a 28 percent pro-life voting record for the most recent session of Congress and he only earned that because one of his votes had to do with free speech limits to campaign finance reform.
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