In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Wednesday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took President Obama to task on his party’s divisive “war on women” rhetoric and the Obama campaign’s “The Life of Julia” cartoon which purports to show how Obama policies benefit women.
Romney told Hannity, “The effort to describe Republicans as being anything other than extraordinarily pro-woman, pro-opportunity for women of America, pro-moms, pro-working moms, pro-working women — look, that kind of effort is totally missing the mark, and people understand that.”
He added, “I think this little cartoon they have on the life of Julia really reveals the weakness of the president’s policies. I think to have to defend your record by coming up with a cartoon character as opposed to real people suggests that he doesn’t want to talk about his record, at all.”
FactCheck.org, a fact checking website which usually slants to the Left, called some of the assumptions in Obama’s “Julia” cartoon “bogus.” The site goes on to summarize: “The Obama campaign depends on some false or dubious assumptions in its “Life of Julia” slide show. The infographic depicts a fictional woman whose life from age 3 to 67 is better under the president’s policies than under those of Republican Mitt Romney. But in reality, the contrasts are not so stark or simple as the Obama team would have viewers believe.”
Conservative commentator and best-selling author Michelle Malkin penned a piece entitled, “Mamas, don’t let your daughters grow up to be Julia,” in which she calls “The Life of Julia” infographic “a pathetic figment of the progressive imagination.”
Malkin continues, “After hyperventilating for months about the Republican “war on women,” Democratic new-media gurus have inadvertently exposed the real Barack Obama: a chauvinistic control freak who would tether every last woman and child to his ever-expanding, budget-busting nanny state.”
Many pro-life advocates noticed other troubling admissions by the Obama campaign in the Julia cartoon. Julia’s life begins at 3 years old and her life ends at 67. The Obama campaign omitted the nine months that Julia spends in her mother’s womb, the time in which Obama supports abortion on demand. LifeNews blogger Luis Zaffirini tweeted a pro-life infographic recalling Obama’s infamous statement that knowing when life begins is “above his pay grade.”
According to Obama’s stated position on abortion, he would have no problem allowing Julia to be aborted at any point before birth and her abortion being funded by American taxpayers. If Julia happened to survive an abortion, she would still not have legal protection in Obama’s view. While in the Illinois Legislature, then-State Senator Obama did not support the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.
According to the cartoon, at age 67 the supposed benefits of Obama government policies end for Julia. Under Obama’s healthcare law, the elderly are at risk of medical rationing.
National Right to Life’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics notes, “According to an August 2010 Congressional Budget Office estimate, the Obama Health Care Law will cut $555 billion from Medicare over the next ten years. Most senior citizens know that the law will significantly cut government funding for their Medicare. Less widely known is the law’s provision allowing Washington bureaucrats to prevent older Americans from making up the Medicare shortfall with their own funds–taking away their right to spend their own money to save their own lives.”