Skip to comments.Obama pledged to Planned Parenthood: “I will not yield” to pro-life concerns
Posted on 02/28/2008 9:39:45 AM PST by BGHater
On Wednesday a full transcript of Democrat presidential candidate Senator Barack Obamas July 2007 speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in which he vigorously defended legalized abortion became available.
In the July 17 speech, Obama attacked the Supreme Court decision that upheld the federal partial-birth abortion ban and the nomination of Supreme Court justices who favor overturning Roe v. Wade. In the speech the senator said, "There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield."
Obama based his speech around the question, What kind of America will our daughters grow up in?
He specifically argued against the Supreme Court decision Gonzales v. Carhart, which upheld restrictions on partial-birth abortion.
For the first time in Gonzales versus Carhart, Obama said, the Supreme Court heldupheld a federal ban on abortions with criminal penalties for doctors. For the first time, the Courts endorsed an abortion restriction without an exception for womens health. The decision presumed that the health of women is best protected by the Courtnot by doctors and not by the woman herself. That presumption is wrong.
He warned abortion supporters that the partial-birth abortion ban should not be construed as an isolated effort, saying it was wrong to presume the law was not part of a concerted effort to roll back the hard-won rights of American women.
Obama said the decision had encouraged an Alabama lawmaker to introduce a measure to ban all abortions. With one more vacancy on the Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a womans fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe versus Wade and that is what is at stake in this election, Obama claimed.
The senator said he had a long tradition of support for legalized abortion, citing his efforts in the Illinois State Senate and his classes as a law professor. I have worked on these issues for decades now, he said. I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional Law. Not simply as a case about privacy but as part of the broader struggle for womens equality.
The dissent of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Gonzales v. Carhart won praise from Obama while Justice Anthony Kennedy, who spoke for the majority, was held up for ridicule.
The only thing more disturbing than the decision was the rationale of the majority. Without any hard evidence, Justice Kennedy proclaimed, It is self-evident that a woman would regret her choice. He cited medical uncertainty about the need to protect the health of pregnant women. Even though the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found no such uncertainty. Justice Kennedy knows many things, my understanding is he does not know how to be a doctor, Obama said.
On the topic of judicial appointments, Obama reaffirmed his opposition to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito, who are believed to be hostile to the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Obama also depicted his opponents as divisive, saying, They want us to believe that theres nothing that unites us as Americanstheres only what divides us. Theyll seek out the narrowest and most divisive ground.
Senator Obama said he was absolutely convinced that culture wars are so nineties, saying it was time to turn the page.
Were tired about arguing about the same ole stuff, he continued. And I am convinced we can win that argument. If the argument is narrow, then oftentimes we lose.
He said abortion advocates should emphasize their support for women to have the same chances as men.
Laura Echevarria, the political writer and former National Right to Life Committee spokeswoman who transcribed the July speech, criticized Obamas remarks.
"Many Americans see Barack Obama as a kind and compassionate candidate," she said. "However, Mr. Obama's compassion does not extend to our most vulnerable members of society- -unborn children."
An apt question indeed, considering that around one quarter of them won't get to grow up AT ALL.
I'll bet if they had votes it would.
Obama the Baby Butcher...Where is your blessing now?
See, leftists stick to their appalling principles while righties act embarassed of theirs and make it a matter of honor to betray them. See candidates Hussein and Juan for a real life image of that.
McCain...are you listening. Hammer this statement...go after Obama on this issue and defend the pro-lifers. You will create a loyalty Obama would be jealous of.
He has a plan for that. He will import millions of illegal aliens to replace them.
Yes, that is how we will end the culture wars. Turn the page and agree with me.
Sorry Obama, this solier is fighting on.
Betcha Obama’s against the death penalty. It always astonishes me that liberals who wring their hands over the possibility of executing a convicted murderer (”but he might be wrongly convicted!”) are perfectly willing to slaughter millions of absolutely and unquestionably innocent babies.
God is watching you, Barack.
Have you not heard?
Freepers poo-poo on the pro-life cause!
The one candidate promoting a constitutional amendment to ban abortion has had all manner of false and dishonest character-assasinating accusations leveled against his conservative credentials.
Governor Mike Huckabee is in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban abortion!
God heard and saw what you said, Barack Obama.
“God is watching you, Barack.”
Don’t you mean allah?
Considering Barack voting in favor of killing babies after birth, Planned Parenthood should have no concerns.
And there you have it folks. A presidential candidate's committment to support the continued murdering of unborn babies.
He will be defeated on this issue!
That ought to get the NOWers to vote Obama!
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