Pro-Life Advocates Upset Second Presidential Debate Didn’t Address Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 8, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocates Upset Second Presidential Debate Didn’t Address Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 8
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Most political observers were disappointed by the second presidential debate — with much of the blame placed on moderator Tom Brokaw. Pro-life advocates were disappointed Brokaw didn’t allow any questions related to pro-life issues when the candidates have huge differences on abortion.

Analysis shows the town hall debate format allowed just 15 percent of the questions to focus on social issues, and Brokaw never allowed an abortion question.

Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, told the debate was "boring" and that even the post-debate coverage failed to point out the differences between the candidates on abortion.

"So, where were all the difficult questions? Where were the questions about embryonic stem cell research?" Gardner asked.

The African-American pro-life leader also blamed Brokaw and the media for ignoring the issue of Barack Obama’s votes against bills in the Illinois legislature to provide medical care for newborns who survive abortions.

"Sadly, I have come to the conclusion that due to the blatant effort by the liberal media to cover up the outlandish stand of Barack Obama on infants born alive and the cowardice of Mr. Obama, who folds under the pressure of the nation’s largest abortion chain, [babies] will continue to die these horrible deaths," Gardner said.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, also hoped for a discussion of Obama’s position appearing to support infanticide.

“Barack Obama has dodged the truth about his opposition to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act for far too long," she said. Last night during the debate was "his opportunity to confess the truth about his record to the American people – they deserve to know the full truth.”

Had the abortion issue come up, Dannenfelser said "it would reveal not only a contrast between the McCain and Palin families’ approach to arguably the most vulnerable human beings on earth" but "a contrast in their characters which will serve McCain-Palin well.”

Gardner says other topics could have provided a segue into the abortion issue.

"And regarding healthcare, here’s where the questions could have really gotten interesting. I wanted the candidates to state once and for all where they stand on abortion," Gardner said. "Not just ‘for’ or ‘against’ answers."

Gardner said the candidates could have found an easy solution for cutting some spending from the federal budget during a time of economic crisis or to shift to higher priorities — cutting funding from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.

"With all this talk about cutting spending, why was there no mention of cutting the 350 million dollars dolled out to the ‘billion dollar’ Planned Parenthood abortion chain?" Gardner told

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