Group Reminds Voters Barack Obama Wants All Pro-Life Laws Overturned

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 28, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Group Reminds Voters Barack Obama Wants All Pro-Life Laws Overturned

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 28
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life group that works with state legislators to pass laws that reduce abortions is reminding voters that presidential candidate Barack Obama wants all of those laws overturned. Americans United for Life says Obama’s position will increase abortions after they’ve dropped to historic lows.

The organization is releasing an open letter to newspapers across the battleground state of Ohio questioning why Obama favors a Congressional bill, the so-called Freedom of Choice Act, that would overturn every limit on abortion.

"Many people still don’t even know about this radical bill and Obama has promised Planned Parenthood it would be his first priority in the White House," AUL president Charmaine Yoest told LifeNews.com on Tuesday.

Sen. Obama last year promised the national Planned Parenthood abortion business, "The first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act."

John McCain opposes the legislation and would veto it as president.

Yoest says FOCA would wipe away every restriction on abortion nationwide, and prevent enactment of future protective measures like common-sense parental involvement laws and prohibitions on partial birth abortion.

The letter specifically focuses on how the Obama-backed legislation would overturn parental notification and consent laws and leave parents in the dark about their minor daughters having an abortion.

AUL’s letter tells the story of a 14-year-old girl from Cincinnati who became pregnant by her 22-year-old soccer coach.

"Planned Parenthood gave her an abortion after turning a blind eye when the soccer coach pretended to be a family member for the parental notification requirements," Yoest said.

AUL explains that the FOCA bill would make unlimited abortions the national law and overturn state laws such as informed consent requirements, bans on taxpayer-funding of abortion and conscience protections for pro-life doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals.

AUL says having a Congress and White House controlled by abortion advocates makes it easier for the bill to become law.

"With a single stroke of the pen, the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would establish the right to abortion as a fundamental right (like the right to free speech) and wipe away every restriction on abortion nationwide," the group adds.

Twenty senators (including Obama) and 109 U.S. Representatives have co-sponsored the bill.

Related web sites:
Americans United for Life – https://www.aul.org

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