Second Obama Term Could Bring Back Partial-Birth Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 24, 2012   |   5:41PM   |   Washington, DC

One of the top reasons pro-life advocates give for wanting to defeat President Barack Obama in the November elections is the impact the abortion advocate could have on the Supreme Court.

But what would a second Obama term and more Supreme Court appointments to go along with abortion supporters Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor look like? Carol Tobias puts that in perspective, saying she worries partial birth abortions — banned by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court during the administration of President George W. Bush — could make a comeback.

If you lived in Rwanda, would you vote for a person who had supported the hacking to death of innocent countrymen?  Of course not. If you lived in one of the countries where deadly street knife attacks have become alarmingly common, would you vote for a politician who wanted to legalize the practice?  Absurd, right?

But in the United States, we have a candidate for president who advocated for the legality of the practice of stabbing a partially born baby in the back of his or her head with a Metzenbaum medical scissors to kill the baby.  It’s called a partial-birth abortion.

The candidate?  Barack Obama.

At a time when strong bipartisan majorities in the U.S. Senate and House were voting to ban partial-birth abortions, Barack Obama was a state senator in Illinois.  When given a chance to vote to end partial-birth abortions in that state, Obama was one of just a handful who voted to let the brutal practice continue.



Later, while running for President in 2008, Obama claimed to be willing to accept some restriction on partial-birth abortion, but only if the abortionist was totally free to declare a health exception and do the partial-birth abortion anyway – in other words, only if there was no protection whatsoever for the baby.

If you think there’s no chance of partial-birth abortion ever returning to the U.S., think again.  In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the national ban, but only by a 5-4 vote.  If re-elected, Obama has made it clear he will appoint justices who support abortion.  If the 5-4 majority to uphold a ban on partial-birth abortion becomes a 4-5 minority, Obama could still get his way and a horrible way for babies to die would be legal once again.

Given that the ban on partial-birth abortions has stopped at least 11,000 such abortions nationwide, that’s something voters should consider in November. For his part, Mitt Romney has indicated he would appoint members to the Supreme Court who favor the rule of law, rather than making it up from the bench. His judicial advisory committee includes top pro-life jurists and legal scholars.