Pro-Life Advocate Says "Pro-Life Obama" Web Site Misleads Voters on Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
October 2, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life advocate says the new web site the Matthew 25 Network — a Democratic activist group — has put up claiming Barack Obama is pro-life doesn’t square with the facts. Wendy Wright, the head of Concerned Women for America, says pro-life voters need to ask some serious questions in response.
The "Pro-Life, Pro-Obama" web site features a list of what Obama would do as president and completely ignores his record and position on abortion.
There is no mention of Obama’s position favor of keeping Roe v. Wade legal, which has resulted in 50 million abortions over the last 35 years.
With the web site and ads from leading abortion advocates making misleading claims, Wright says pro-life voters need only to ask themselves a few questions to determine the real pro-life candidate.
Voters must check candidates records against their rhetoric — especially since most candidates now realize that it hurts their chances in national elections to be ardently pro-abortion," she told LifeNews.com.
"Here is a simple check list: Does the candidate oppose a ban on partial birth abortion? Does he support the Born Alive Infant Protection Act? Does he oppose funding abortion?" Wright said.
Wright said a candidate like Obama who is out of step with most Americans on these commonsense proposals may be trying to cover up his record — and supporters may try to do that as well.
"These policies are wildly popular, getting 70-80 percent approval in polls. If a candidate is wrong on these and on the side of the abortion lobby, he may try to cover it up to fool the electorate," she said.
As Wright observers, the Matthew 25 pro-Obama web site makes no mention of his votes against bills in the Illinois legislature to provide medical care for infants who survive botched abortions.
The site fails to mention his support of the so-called Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that would make unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy the national law and overturn every pro-life law in all 50 states, including bans on tax-funded abortions and partial-birth abortions.
The Matthew 25 Network web site claims "Obama opposes late term abortions" but fails to explain that he opposed the ban on partial-birth abortions and that his wife Michelle used that opposition to a partial-birth abortion ban in a fundraising letter.
And, while the site commends Obama for votes to help pregnant women and his support for the SCHIP program to provide health coverage for poor children, it fails to disclose how Obama voted against an amendment to expand the program to include pregnant women and their unborn children.
While the site attacks Senator John McCain on several health care related votes it fails to note McCain supported the SCHIP measure Obama opposed.
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