Pro-Abortion President Obama Launches Bid for Re-Election

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 4, 2011   |   10:53AM   |   Washington, DC

President Barack Obama today announced he will seek-another term as president, where he has advanced the promotion and funding of abortion and pro-abortion groups at am alarming rate.

“Today, we are filing papers to launch our 2012 campaign,” Obama said in an email to supporters, saying he was doing so early because a full-scale campaign “takes time to build.”

“So even though I’m focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today,” Obama added. “We’ve always known that lasting change wouldn’t come quickly or easily. It never does. But as my administration and folks across the country fight to protect the progress we’ve made — and make more — we also need to begin mobilizing for 2012, long before the time comes for me to begin campaigning in earnest.”

Change on the abortion front came swiftly as Obama compiled a strikingly long pro-abortion record.

During his first week in office, Obama overturned the Mexico City Policy President George W. Bush put back into place to prevent taxpayers from having to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations.

In March 2009, Obama overturned the protections Bush put in place forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research. That’s despite the fact that the research has yet to work properly with animals and have failed to help a single patient — while the use of adult stem cells, which does not require the destruction of human life to use, is helping people with more than 100 diseases or medical conditions.

Obama also sent $50 million to the UNFPA, the UN population agency that has been criticized for promoting abortion and working closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.

While the president appointed pro-abortion people to a wide range of domestic and international positions within his administration, no appointments advanced abortion more than his stacking the Supreme Court with pro-abortion stalwarts who will work to keep unlimited abortions legal for decades to come. In May 2009, Obama appointed appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court nominee. Sotomayor agrees that the courts should make policy, such as the Roe v. Wade case and she faced strong opposition from pro-life groups and strong support from Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other abortion supporters.

Obama also named pro-abortion activist Elana Kagan as his second high court nominee. Kagan had publicly and repeatedly criticized federal regulations that prohibited recipients of Title X family planning funds, taxpayer dollars, from counseling women to get abortions — arguing they amounted to the subsidization of “anti-abortion” speech.

“Elena Kagan has strong ties to abortion-advocacy organizations and expressed admiration for activist judges who have worked to advance social policy rather than to impartially interpret the law,” Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, told LifeNews.com.

Obama also promoted the abortion agenda abroad and pressured the pro-life nation of Kenya to adopt a new constitution that would legalize unlimited abortions. US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger called on Kenya’s political leaders to rally the people to pass the referendum. Obama later came under fire for spending tens of millions of dollars funding pro-abortion groups that were pushing for the referendum.

Other than the Supreme Court, the second biggest promotion of abortion came from Obama signing into law the Obamacare health care reform bill that failed to contain language banning federal funding of abortions within it. As a result, pro-life groups have called it the biggest expansion of abortion funding since Roe and they had to work overtime to stop efforts in three states to add abortion funding to efforts to cover patients with pre-existing conditions.

Obama will likely face a pro-life advocate in his 2012 re-election campaign as the candidates who will likely seek the Republican nomination for president are all campaigning on a pro-life position and most of them have solid pro-life records and backgrounds. Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are some of the possibilities. Others include former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and businessman Herman Cain.

Two of the potential candidates have already hit back on his announcement.

Pawlenty responded by releasing a new online video Monday morning that  highlights the high unemployment rates, weak housing market and exploding Federal debt that defined Obama’s presidency.

“How can America win the future, when we’re losing the present?” Governor Pawlenty asks in the video. “In order for America to take a new direction, it’s going to take a new President.”

And Romney said in a post on Twitter, “I look forward to hearing details on your jobs plan, as are 14 million unemployed Americans.”