Pro-Life Women’s Group: Obama Notre Dame Speech Hypocritical on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 18, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Women’s Group: Obama Notre Dame Speech Hypocritical on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 18
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — A pro-life women’s group says President Barack Obama served up a hypocritical speech on abortion at the University of Notre Dame graduation over the weekend. The Susan B. Anthony List says Obama pushed common ground on abortion but doesn’t respect the views of pro-life advocates.

During his speech, which saw several hecklers at the beginning urge him to oppose abortion, Obama talked about how Americans should respect each others’ abortion views.

But SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser told Obama says Obama’s media claque failed to point out how he says one thing and does another.

She points out that Obama’s federal budget proposes the repeal of the Dornan Amendment, a longstanding law that has respected the will of Americans by preventing taxpayer-funded abortion in the District of Columbia.

"At Notre Dame, President Obama spoke of respecting the consciences of those Americans who are morally opposed to the tragedy of abortion. Yet his most recent budget proposal to Congress fails to respect the consciences of taxpayers who are morally opposed to funding the destruction of human life,” she said.

“Further, in working and advocating to fully fund abortions, the President undermines his own purported goal of reducing the ‘need’ for abortion," Dannenfelser continued.

“America deserves authentic leadership on the abortion issue – someone who will help find common ground through civil discourse. Yet there is no evidence of an open mind in President Obama’s recommendation that Congress fund abortion on-demand with taxpayer dollars," Dannenfelser added.

"No true leader on a ‘heart-wrenching,’ ‘complex issue’ would seek to set it aside publicly while advancing quietly to achieve his own goals, all the while positing that the two sides are irreconcilable. True common ground exists. He is just not standing on it," she told

During his commencement address at Notre Dame, Obama for policies that "honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion."

Dannenfelser noted that the statement is hypocritical because Obama has already proposed overturning the Provider Conscience Clause the Bush administration put in place to protect medical staff and centers who don’t want to participate in abortions.

“President Obama and the pro-abortion majority in Congress are on a collision course with public opinion on abortion policy,” said Dannenfelser. “As Congress drafts the next budget, it would do well to respect the consciences of taxpayers and stop the agenda that amounts to an abortion industry bailout.”

The pro-life women’s leader also noted that Obama’s speech came two days after the release of the results of a new Gallup poll showing a pro-life majority on abortion.

She highlighted how Gallup officials noted that Obama’s radical pro-abortion record has likely shifted the views of Americans to the pro-life side of the abortion debate.

"Gallup proposed that the shift could be due to President Obama’s overreach on the issue," Dannenfelser said.

If so, then Obama’s call for common ground could be a recognition that he has moved too far to the pro-abortion side of the spectrum.

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