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Barack Obama Would Back Daughters’ Abortion, "Don’t Punish Them With a Baby"
lifenews ^ | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 03/31/2013 8:48:57 PM PDT by Morgana

Barack Obama Would Back Daughters’ Abortion, "Don’t Punish Them With a Baby"

by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor March 31, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Barack Obama is drawing gasps from pro-life advocates today over comments he made during a campaign stop in Pennsylvania over the weekend. The leading Democratic presidential candidate appeared to back a potential decision by his daughters to seek an abortion saying he wouldn’t "punish" them with a baby.

Obama’s comments came in the context of off-the-cuff remarks addressing the issue of AIDS. (see them here)

The candidate indicated he favored teaching both abstinence education as well as sexual education and he appeared to be hard-pressed to come up with something else to say when he brought up his daughters.

"When it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include — which should include abstinence education and teaching the children — teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual," he said.

"But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old," he added.

"I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby," Obama said.

David Brody, a correspondent for CBN News, noted the comments and said he was surprised by Obama’s candor.

"I understand Obama was talking off the cuff and these were not prepared remarks. I also know that when you’re on the campaign trail 20 hours a day you will say something you wish you hadn’t," Brody wrote on his blog.

"But still. ‘Punished with a baby?’ That just doesn’t sound right," he added.

"Why use the word punished? I would think that word would be alarming to people and possibly offensive to those who have had babies out of wedlock," he wrote.

Brody said Obama brought up abortion again later on in the speech and referred to his daughters as "miracles."

"This is a very difficult issue, and I understand sort of the passions on both sides of the issue. I have two precious daughters – they are miracles," Obama said.

Brody contacted the Obama campaign for a response and heard back from Bill Burton, his national spokesman.

Burton largely ignored the "punishment" remark and merely said Obama favored reducing teen pregnancies and abortions and restated Obama’s comments about his daughters.

"What Senator Obama said and what he believes is clear — children are ‘miracles,’ but we have a problem when so many children are having children," Burton said.

"As Senator Obama said on Saturday — and on many other occasions — parents have a responsibility to teach their children about values and morals to help make sure they are not treating sex casually," Burton told CBN News.

Obama’s remarks are likely to add another reason to the list pro-life advocates are developing as to why he won’t get their vote this November.

They appear to align him squarely with abortion advocates who view laws protecting unborn children as "punishing" pregnant women by forcing them to give birth to the baby instead of taking the child’s life through abortion.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: abortion; obama; prolife
Also on this day in 2008!
1 posted on 03/31/2013 8:48:57 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: BykrBayb; wagglebee; little jeremiah

Since we are going retro tonight.


2 posted on 03/31/2013 8:51:15 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

In spite of the fact your mother has punished the world with you....


3 posted on 03/31/2013 8:59:23 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Morgana

Something to remember if he is ever “punished” with grandchildren.


4 posted on 03/31/2013 9:03:35 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Morgana
sex is not something casual," he said


5 posted on 03/31/2013 9:29:02 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Morgana
"As Senator Obama said on Saturday — and on many other occasions — parents have a responsibility to teach their children about values and morals to help make sure they are not treating sex casually,"

The whole time the government schools are teaching them to put condoms on pickles and far worse...

6 posted on 03/31/2013 9:37:09 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Morgana

Whats shocking about it? The guy has repeatedly supported late term abortion and infanticide. Why not for his own grandchild? I’m not shocked at all by anything this guy says or does. In fact I expect him to do a lot worse before he is done. A lot worse and by the guns and ammo sales in the past 4 years it appears I’m not alone.


7 posted on 03/31/2013 9:50:02 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Morgana

I pray that the veil of Obama will be lifted so all can see what or who he is. Like an old Sci-Fi movie where you could only see who was an alien invader if you had the special sunglasses on. Put your glasses on America and wake up please.


8 posted on 03/31/2013 11:20:08 PM PDT by funfan
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To: funfan

What a glowing example these parents are for their children. They will grow up to be just like them, except responsibility for nothing that ever goes wrong, blame all your failures on others, never tell the truth and if you have sex and become pregnant and it will cramp your life style just kill the baby and throw it in the trash.


9 posted on 04/01/2013 3:10:46 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Morgana

Should Barry have been aborted, or no?


10 posted on 04/01/2013 3:29:47 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Morgana

This is disturbing because the children have always been regarded as “the future” and the biology of all species on this mortal coil is to spend their entire lives ensuring procreation. For mankind, a newborn child brings unequaled joy and happiness, yet the leader of the free world casually refers to childbirth as a punishment. This is a dangerous man, demented beyond all reason.


11 posted on 04/01/2013 3:59:26 AM PDT by albertabound
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To: Morgana

Punish the baby instead, for being “inconvenient”. RAT philosophy sux.


12 posted on 04/01/2013 6:04:50 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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