Michelle Obama and Jill Biden Claim Keeping Abortions Legal Key for Women

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

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden Claim Keeping All Abortions Legal Key for Women

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 19
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In a spat among the wives of the candidates for president, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden say that keeping unlimited abortions legal is important. They disagree with Cindy McCain, who says she is pro-life but knows Americans are worried about the economy.

The skirmish started with an interview McCain gave to ABC’s "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, in which she repeated her pro-life position.

While she agrees with her husband, the Arizona senator John McCain, on opposing abortion, Cindy McCain told Diane Sawyer that Americans are focusing on the economy and resisted the news anchor’s repeated bias in her abortion questions.

"There are people without jobs, that are hurting, whose businesses who have collapsed. This is not the major issue on people’s minds right now," she said.

After ABC news showed Biden and Obama the clip, both questioned McCain and claimed that keeping abortion legal is an important issue for women.

"I think it’s very important personally," Biden told ABC News’ Claire Shipman. "But I am of that generation of women who fought for Roe v. Wade and I can’t imagine the Supreme Court overturning it. I think women have to remember that."

Michelle Obama agreed and told the program: "It’s one of the many important issues that women are going to be thinking about in this election."

The pair also went after pro-life Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, saying women voters will not support her just because she is a woman.

"Why would they vote for her just because she’s a woman?" asked Biden. "I mean, what’s the rationale behind that? They have to look at how things are going to change and help their families. That’s what they have to focus on."

That Michelle Obama is pro-abortion is no surprise to followers of the campaign.

In May, she came under fire for a letter she wrote defending partial-birth abortions and defending her husband during his 2004 campaign for saying he opposed a national ban on the gruesome abortion procedure.

At the Democratic convention last month, she attacked John McCain’s pro-life views at a fundraiser for a leading pro-abortion group that calls for taxpayer funded abortions and promotes partial-birth abortions.

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