Obama Should Hold National Abortion Reduction Summit For Walk to Match Talk
by Steven Ertelt
December 16, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A columnist for the national Catholic weekly publication America says incoming president Barack Obama should hold a national abortion reduction summit if he wants to make his record match his rhetoric.
During the campaign, Obama contended he wanted to reduce abortions — but that claim was met with unrestrained laughter in most pro-life quarters from those who pointed to his promise to Planned Parenthood to sign the most radical pro-abortion bill since Roe.
Michael Sean Winters writes in a new column that Obama can prove his critics wrong by focusing on realistic plans and policies that would reduce abortions.
He says some Catholic voters backed Obama precisely because of the abortion reduction promise.
"Many of those Catholic swing voters were only willing to give Obama a hearing on the economy because he had convinced them he was serious about another issue of importance to them: reducing the abortion rate," Winters writes. "The [Obama] administration cannot simply throw them under the bus."
Winters acknowledges that Obama’s early actions on abortion will be completely pro-abortion — with him likely to overturn limits on spending taxpayer funds on promoting and performing abortions abroad.
But Winters says Obama can counteract those pro-abortion actions "with a call for an abortion reduction summit at the White House for the fall of 2009."
"The abortion reduction summit could take as its goal the 95-10 initiative by the group Democrats for Life. This initiative groups several policies all aimed at the objective of reducing the abortion rate by 95% over ten years," Winters writes.
"It is an ambitious goal but it would demonstrate that Obama was serious when he pledged himself, both in his convention acceptance speech and in his third debate, to reducing the abortion rate in America," he says.
Winters admits he voted for Obama and he says pro-life Catholics and Democrats who supported him "in part because of his evident sincerity about reducing the abortion rate must keep his feet to the fire."
If Obama fails to come through on his promise, Winters says these voters must hold Obama accountable at the polls in 2012.
"We were decisive in 2008 but that doesn’t mean we can’t decide differently next time," he writes.
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