Barack Obama Pushes Abortion on Day One With Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff
by Steven Ertelt
November 5, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Barack Obama didn’t wait 24 hours before making his first decision to promote abortion as the President-elect. Obama has offered the White House chief of staff position to pro-abortion Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, who has a 0 percent pro-life voting record.
Emanuel has reportedly officially accepted the position.
During the presidential election, pro-life organizations strongly opposed Obama because he supports unlimited abortions any time in pregnancy, backed taxpayer funding of abortion and opposes any limits.
In Emanuel, Obama has chosen a clone of himself, according to voting records from the National Right to Life Committee.
In July 2007, Emuanel voted against an attempt to stop taxpayer-funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business that brings in over $1 billion annually by doing 25 percent of the abortions in the United States.
As a Congressman, Emanuel has voted against upholding state parental involvement laws allowing parents to know when their daughter is considering an abortion. He voted for making Americans pay for abortions at U.S. military base hospitals, and voted for funding a United Nations agency involved in the forced-abortion one-child family planning policy in China.
Emanuel also repeatedly voted against the ban on partial-birth abortions and opposed the bill to protect pregnant women and their unborn children, like Laci and Conner Peterson, from violence.
The White House chief of staff is a key policy position with an advisory role that often equals or surpasses that of the vice president and offering the position to Emanuel confirms Obama will promote abortion as president.
Giving the nod to Emanuel also appears to undermine Obama’s mantra of change as the congressman worked on President Clinton’s first presidential campaign and later served as an advisor to the former pro-abortion president in the White House.
In the House, where he is the fourth-highest member of the Democratic Party leadership, Emanuel also voted to force Americans to pay for embryonic stem cell research and voted for a measure that would have allowed human cloning.
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