Pro-Lifers: Obama Religious Outreach Can’t Hide Abortion Record

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 20, 2011   |   6:58PM   |   Washington, DC

The Democratic National Committee announced today a new director of religious outreach who will undoubtedly attempt to help Obama get votes from social conservatives, whom he has turned off with his extensive pro-abortion record.

Family Research Council Action president Tony Perkins says he doesn’t think the new director will have any luck reaching pro-life advocates who are upset that Obama has repeatedly promoted abortion, forced them to pay for abortions or funding pro-abortion organizations in multiple circumstances, or cozied up with leaders of pro-abortion groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

“A Barna Research Survey conducted earlier this year shows that President Obama has a 6 percent favorability rating among evangelicals. A more recent Quinnipiac survey reports that the President has a 39 percent favorability rating among Catholics,” Perkins said. “The DNC and the President may hope this effort will reverse his falling poll numbers among religious voters, but I predict that as the fruit of this administration is examined by Christian voters, the President will find little support.”

“The President’s policies that promote abortion also undermine family formation,” Perkins added.

“Abortion does this by contributing to infant mortality, victimizing women, and encouraging the abdication of responsibility by men. He has issued executive orders to fund foreign abortion organizations and use tax dollars for experimentation on human embryos. He is even opposed to commonsense parental notification laws. These laws reaffirm the unique role that a mother and father have in the life of a child,” the FRC leader continued.

Perkins said real religious outreach from the Obama campaign would require him to defend human life at its earliest stages.

The FRC leader also said his organization would join others in making sure voters understand the depths to which Obama has gone to promote abortion and abortion funding.

“Over the next year, FRC’s Values Voter Bus will travel the country alerting and engaging Christian voters with the message that what America needs is a President who will help make America militarily strong and secure, economically prosperous and free, and socially healthy and virtuous,” he concluded.

Perkins said some of the worst examples of Obama’s abortion advocacy include him, ignoring basic conscience rights protections when his administration ruled that Belmont Abbey College , a Roman-Catholic institution, must provide insurance coverage for abortion and contraceptives.

Perkins said Obama “has worked to overturn other countries’ pro-life laws, has issued executive orders that erode conscience protections for healthcare providers, use taxpayer dollars to fund foreign abortion organizations, and use taxpayer dollars for experiments that encourage human embryo destruction.”

He said Obama “has supported the restoration of funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in spite of the program’s poor human rights record and support for China’s coercive abortion policy” and said the Obamacare health care law “bypasses the long standing policy of the Hyde amendment by directly spending money on new programs without any abortion funding restriction and creates tax subsidies for plans with abortion.”