Barack Obama Captures Win Over John McCain, Expected to Promote Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
November 5, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Presidential candidate Barack Obama captured a victory on Tuesday night in the presidential elections over John McCain. Under an Obama administration, pro-life advocates are concerned about the promotion of abortion.
Under an Obama administration pro-life advocates expect the new president to force taxpayer-funding of abortions, make detrimental Supreme Court appointments and sign a Congressional bill to overturn pro-life laws nationwide.
Obama won 338 electoral college votes compared with 156 for McCain by winning in battleground states like Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and Virginia and the western states of Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.
McCain was able to win only a handful of the battleground states and failed to capture enough votes to become the next president.
With an Obama victory, pro-life advocates will immediately be on the defensive.
Obama is expected to make funding abortions one of his first actions as president and he could overturn the Mexico City Policy on his first day in office. Thats the presidential policy that prevents taxpayers from being forced to fund groups that engage in performing or promoting abortions in other nations.
Senator Obama could also immediately overturn the policy Preside Bush put in place to prevent taxpayer funding of new embryonic stem cell research. That could happen even though embryonic stem cells have never helped a human patient and have had problems when used in animals.
Pro-life advocates are concerned Obama will push through a bill in Congress, known as the Freedom of Choice Act, that would make unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy the national law by codifying Roe v. Wade.
However, the bill would go further by overturning all of the abortion reduction laws in all 50 states — including measures such as informed consent, parental involvement and conscience clauses for medical professionals.
Ultimately, the pro-life movement is concerned that Obama will appoint new Supreme Court judges who will uphold the Roe decision for another 35 years. With at least two or three high court judges nearly retirement and having health problems its not inconceivable that Obama could have the ability to pick a new judge or two during his term.
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