Douglas Kmiec Calls Obama’s Pro-Abortion Stance: "My Catechism Come to Life"

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 21, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Douglas Kmiec Calls Obama’s Pro-Abortion Stance: "My Catechism Come to Life"

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 21
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — In a new interview that is certain to upset pro-life Catholics, dissident Catholic professor Douglas Kmiec continues to claim that pro-abortion President Barack Obama takes a pro-life view.

He says he was so excited talking about abortion with Obama during the campaign that he said Obama’s views made him think his candidacy was "my catechism come to life."

Kmiec, a former Pepperdine University law professor whose covering up Obama’s pro-abortion views during the election drew a rebuke from Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, received a reward from Obama by being named as the ambassador to Malta.

In an interview with The Times of Malta, Kmiec recounts how he became an Obama supporter.

"Even though there were areas of disagreement, Mr Obama pointed out the responsibility of government to provide a family wage, to care for the environment and to provide healthcare for the uninsured," he said.

"When I thought about all these things, I thought ‘this is my catechism come to life’ because we are called to each of these things in the social teachings of the Church," he added.

Kmiec also told The Times of Malta of a conversation he had about abortion with Obama.

He said Obama asked him something like, "What would cause a mother to contemplate taking the life of a child? It has to be something awful. It has to be a woman without shelter, without insurance, without the next meal on the table."

Kmiec admitted that a pregnant woman’s financial situation is no excuse for an abortion, but supported Obama anyway.

"I prayed on this," he said, and told the newspaper that he felt he ultimately followed Pope John Paul II’s admonition that a Catholic not support a pro-abortion politician without it resulting in a move towards the pro-life perspective.

Kmiec, as he has done before, discounts Obama’s clear pro-abortion record and immediate moves to expand taxpayer funding for abortions overseas, by claiming Obama is moving in a pro-life direction.

"Mr Obama has taken some steps towards this [pro-life position], perhaps not as fast as some would like," Kmiec concludes.

Kmiec also told the newspaper he has encouraged Obama to become pro-life and recalls how he told him, "How can you allow someone to terminate another person’s life? What moral authority do you have for that?"

Obama replied: "Well, professor, not everyone sees life beginning in the same way. The Methodists see it differently, the Jewish faith in part sees it differently."

"If I am elected President," he told Kmiec, "I am President of all these people."

That, apparently, does not include the millions of women and unborn children who will be victimized by abortion on his watch.

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