Pro-Life Voters Have No Reason to Vote for Pro-Abortion Obama

Opinion   |   Carol Tobias   |   Oct 1, 2012   |   12:45PM   |   Washington, DC

We still hear from a few people who say they are pro-life, but who intend to vote for Barack Obama for other reasons. From reading their letters and hearing their arguments, I firmly believe we can win enough of these people to the pro-life Romney/Ryan camp to win the election. Here’s why:

Polls show a majority of Americans oppose abortion. But many Americans don’t understand that when they vote for a presidential candidate who supports abortion “rights,” they are voting for the killing of many thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of additional children. They are also voting to allow the most brutal of late abortions. There is no way around this fact.

Take, for example, the president’s power to appoint Supreme Court justices and other federal judges. Like it or not, these jurists wield such enormous power that they effectively set the boundaries for abortion policy in the United States.

The fact that we had a pro-life president from 2001-2009 dramatically changed abortion jurisprudence – in other words, the way the Supreme Court looks at abortion. After President Bush appointed two Supreme Court justices who believe the states and Congress have legitimate interests in protecting unborn life, the Court for the first time since Roe v. Wade allowed an entire method of performing late abortions – partial-birth abortion – to be banned, and not just regulated, as they had in previous rulings.

This was an enormous step forward because it suggested to us the Court might allow other abortions to be banned, as well. As a result, we are now passing state laws to ban abortion when the child is old enough to feel pain. These laws are preventing thousands of unborn babies from being brutally killed by late abortions in many states. This would not have happened without President Bush’s appointment of two Supreme Court justices.

But these humanitarian laws that save so many lives will likely be struck down if Obama gets a second term and has the chance to appoint even one Supreme Court justice as a replacement for one of the justices who have been voting to uphold limits on abortion. And two of those justices will be 80 years old by 2016, when a second Obama term would end.

That means a second Obama term is a clear and present danger to the lives of unborn children, not some “theoretical” threat that justifies weighing “other” issues against it. Simply put, anyone who thinks a vote for Obama isn’t a vote for many more aborted babies is wrong. Dead wrong.



Obama’s true commitment to eliminating laws that protect unborn children can be seen in his support for the “Freedom of Choice” Act. This bill, which he co-sponsored as a U.S. Senator in 2007, would have overturned the federal ban on partial-birth abortions; mandated government funding of abortion by every state; and eliminated most other federal and state laws that restrict abortion.

Polls show a sizable number of Americans will change their votes to the pro-life candidate when presented with these facts. And that is precisely our strength!

LifeNews Note: Carol Tobias is the president of the National Right to Life Committee.