AP Does Final Disservice to Voters, Hides Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Stance

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 3, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

AP Does Final Disservice to Voters, Hides Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Stance

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 3
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Associated Press has done a final disservice to voters as it has through the presidential elections by hiding Barack Obama’s pro-abortion stance. In a final comparison piece that will appear in newspapers nationwide today and tomorrow, AP continues to apply just three words to its description of Obama’s abortion views.

For months, AP has maintained a two-page summary of Obama’s and John McCain’s stands on various top political issues. Most of the brief position descriptions contain a paragraph or two for each candidate on the given issue.

Yet, on the issue of abortion, AP mentions only that Obama "favors abortion rights."

There is no mention in the Associated Press piece about how Obama supports abortion throughout pregnancy for any reason, has voted repeatedly for taxpayer-funding of abortion, and opposes a ban on partial-birth abortions.

AP also fails to mention anything about Obama’s position saying he will sign a bill that would make unlimited abortions the national law and overturn every pro-life law nationwide.

Nor did it include any mention of the controversy surrounding his votes in the Illinois legislature against bills to make sure hospital staff provide adequate medical care for newborns who survive failed abortions.

Earlier this month, LifeNews.com emailed Associated Press writer Calvin Woodward, who is credited with compiling the summary of the candidates’ positions about why Obama’s pro-abortion position was excluded.

Asked why the Associated Press detailed the candidates’ positions on other issues but refused to fully explain Obama’s pro-abortion views, Woodward told LifeNews.com, "there are relevant nuances to McCain’s position on that issue, not so much with Obama, to my knowledge."

Told about Obama’s various pro-abortion positions and the controversy surrounding his votes against the anti-infanticide bills, Woodward replied, "That’s right, his position in favor of abortion rights does not have exceptions, unlike McCain’s."

Woodward eventually became frustrated with requests to adequately inform the news service’s millions of readers about Obama’s pro-abortion views.

"I’ve explained it as best I can and cannot go back and forth with you," he concluded.

In the summary, AP says McCain "opposes abortion rights" and "has voted for abortion restrictions permissible under Roe v. Wade, and now says he would seek to overturn that guarantee of abortion rights."

The new service says McCain "would not seek constitutional amendment to ban abortion" despite the fact that he did not oppose the Republican Party platform’s inclusion of such a human life amendment.

The Associated Press coverup of Obama’s pro-abortion views makes it less surprising that a recent study found the mainstream media were taking a pass on any discussion of Barack Obama’s position.

ACTION: Contact AP with your concerns by going to https://www.ap.org/pages/contact/contact.html

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