Pro-Life Group’s Ad Shows Obama Wants All Laws Reducing Abortion Overturned

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 13, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Ad Exposes How Obama Wants All Laws Reducing Abortion Overturned

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 13
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — The Family Research Council PAC has launched a new television ad that focuses voters’ attention on a bill that Barack Obama says would be his first to sign as president. The measure would make unlimited abortions a national law and overturn every abortion limit approved in all 50 states.

The bill, known as the Freedom of Choice Act, is one Obama told Planned Parenthood in July 2007 he would not just sign but make his first piece of legislation.

"What would you do as President," the ad asks viewers. "Fix the economy? End the war? Restore our schools?"

The ad moves to the Planned Parenthood speech and features footage of Obama saying, "Well the first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act."

The female narrator responds, "Really? Obama’s top priority as president will be a law to reinstate partial-birth abortion? Eliminate parental notification? Force taxpayers to fund abortions?"

The ad goes back to Obama’s Planned Parenthood speech and shows footage of him saying, "On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield."

The narrator concludes: "Barack Obama, dangerous values."

Chuck Donovan, a top FRC Action official, tells that the ad will reach voters in some of the top battleground states.

"This ad will begin running on TV in four battleground states on Columbus Day and on radio in six more," he explained.

"We are targeting conservative Catholics and evangelicals with a message that underscores the radicalism of Senator Obama’s promise – as his first act as President – sign the Freedom of Choice Act into law," he told

"This law will mow down more than 500 laws that states have passed to protect such things as informed consent, conscience and parental rights, and the taxpayer’s right not to pay for the destruction of innocent human life" he said.

Tony Perkins, the president of FRC, has warned about the far-reaching effects of the Obama-supported legislation.

"If FOCA were to become law it would overturn hundreds of state laws that have put limits on abortion," he explains.

Perkins points to a research paper written by FRC Vice President of Government Affairs Tom McClusky and he said Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other pro-abortion groups agree with this assessment.

The ACLU has said, "This [FOCA] bill prohibits such restrictions as parental notification and consent, as well as the requirement that all abortions be performed in a hospital, spousal consent, waiting periods, etc."

"Recent polls show that most Americans agree there should be more restrictions on abortion and that tax dollars should not go to the life-ending procedure," Perkins says. ‘However, the passage of FOCA would guarantee that more taxpayer dollars pay for abortions."

The McClusky paper points out that, while abortion advocates say they want to make abortions rarer, the state of Maryland, after it passed a law like FOCA, saw its abortion rates shoot upward.

That happened as the rest of the country experienced a general decline in the number of abortions over the last decade or more.

"Passage of FOCA would be a big payoff to the abortion industry at the deadly cost of citizens’ rights," Perkins concludes.

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