Radio Ad Asks Obama to Apologize for Calling Pro-Life Group Liars on Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
October 10, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life group has released a new radio ad that calls on presidential candidate Barack Obama to apologize for calling a pro-life group liars about his record on abortion.
National Right to Life’s ad says Obama was wrong to say it was misleading on his votes against a bill to provide medical care for newborns who survive abortions.
Obama, during a CBN News interview in August, said the pro-life group was lying about his record — "I hate to say that people are lying — but here’s a situation where folks are lying."
A female narrator says in the ad: "In August, National Right to Life released documents proving that, in 2003, Barack Obama was responsible for killing a bill to provide care and protection for babies who are born alive after abortions and that he later misrepresented the bill’s content."
It cites an analysis from FactCheck, a nonpartisan research group at the University of Pennsylvania, that verified the documents were true.
"Obama’s claim is wrong. The documents … support the group’s claims that Obama is misrepresenting the contents of [Senate Bill] 1082," FactCheck wrote.
The NRLC PAC ad goes on to say, "Was Obama afraid that the public would learn about his extreme position — that he opposed merely defining every baby born alive after an abortion as deserving of protection?"
"Will Obama now apologize for calling us liars when we were the ones telling the truth?" The message concludes: "Barack Obama, a candidate whose word you can’t believe in."
NRLC legislative Douglas Johnson told LifeNews.com more about the background behind the ad: "The position that Obama took was more extreme than any member of Congress was willing to take in 2002."
"Obama knows that the position he took in Illinois is virtually impossible to defend, so he has engaged in a series of serious distortions and diversionary tactics, including personal attacks on those who delve into this issue," he explained.
NRLC initially released the ad on the web on September 26, but was forced to remove it because CBN News complained about the inclusion of the video footage of Obama claiming the group lied. The new version of the ad excludes that footage.
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