Barack Obama Criticized by Pro-Life Women’s Group for Hillary Clinton Pick

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 30, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Barack Obama Criticized by Pro-Life Women’s Group for Hillary Clinton Pick

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 30
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Incoming president Barack Obama has selected pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton to represent the United States abroad as the Secretary of State. The selection is coming under fire from the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group that says Clinton would help Obama promote abortion.

SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser tells that Clinton’s selection is the latest in a line of appointments that shows Obama isn’t serious about finding middle ground on reducing abortions.

"President-elect Barack Obama spoke of finding ‘common ground’ on abortion policy, but so far his personnel picks preclude this policy," she said. "Women and children deserve authentic common ground that affirms the lives of both. It is hard to see how these aggressive abortion advocates, so out of the mainstream woman’s view, would help forge such ground."

Clinton’s appointment and Ellen Moran, the executive director of the pro-abortion Emily’s List, who Obama named as his White House communications director are "headstrong advocates of a no-exceptions, abortion on demand policy" Dannenfelser said.

"Personnel is policy, especially in Washington, D.C. And these abortion advocate picks speak louder than words," she added.

Clinton has a 100% pro-abortion voting record in the U.S. Senate and her failed Democratic presidential bid received strong support from Emily’s List, NOW and other top pro-abortion advocates.

SBA List is concerned that Clinton will join Obama in promoting taxpayer funding of international abortions through a revocation of the Mexico City Policy and restoring funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The UNFPA has been implicated in supporting China’s coercive one-child family planning policy that involves forced abortions and sterilizations.

Dannenfelser says Obama has made conflicting promises of promoting and reducing abortions and can’t uphold both.

"The trouble is, President-elect Obama has made two mutually exclusive promises," she explained to "He promised Planned Parenthood that passing the Freedom of Choice Act – legislation to strike down every single pro-life regulation and law in the nation – would be the first thing he’d do as president. He also promised to forge ‘common ground’ on the issue."

"However, it will be a non-starter to find common ground with a no-exceptions abortion policy that refuses to allow a single protection at any stage in pregnancy for unborn boys and girls. The personnel Obama has chosen clearly would back up his first promise, not the second," she added.

Obama also appointed pro-abortion Illinois congressman Rahm Emanuel to be his chief of staff, pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle as his Health Secretary, and former NARAL Legal Director Dawn Johnsen to his Justice Department Review Team.

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