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Catholic Obama Apologist Douglas Kmiec Defends President's Pro-Abortion Record
Life News ^ | 3/11/09 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 03/11/2009 12:42:10 PM PDT by wagglebee

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Douglas Kmiec essentially voided his Catholic and pro-life credentials during the president election with his steadfast defense of Barack Obama despite his clear pro-abortion views. Now he's given pro-life advocates no reason to take him seriously by explaining away Obama's pro-abortion actions as president.

Kmiec is more impressed by Obama's words claiming to want to reduce abortions than his deeds of promoting more abortions at every turn.

"I am especially pleased that the President deliberately highlighted at the national prayer breakfast the abortion reduction expectations he has for this Office," he told U.S. in an email on Tuesday.

To hear Kmiec explain it, Obama's decision to force taxpayers to fund groups that promote and perform abortions abroad is a pro-life move.

Kmiec falsely claims the Mexico City Policy "aggravated levels of disease, deprived remote areas of less developed nations sometimes of their only available health care."

All the policy did was divert family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International, the world's two largest abortion businesses, to family planning groups that do not do abortions or lobby other nations to topple their pro-life laws.

The policy didn't reduce the amount of funds given to groups working in less developed nations and didn't revoke any other care other than depriving two abortion businesses of tens of millions in taxpayer funding.

But Kmiec goes on to claim the "questionable" pro-life policy "may well have also accounted for dramatic increases in abortion," though he provides no evidence to support his contention.

Kmiec praises Obama for funding foreign abortions and admits the pro-life nature of the policy, saying, "I see a President willing and capable of re-assessing questionable policy early in his administration even if it was also a policy that in some instances helped separate us from those who do not share our concern with abortion as a practice."

The so-called pro-life advocate also defends President Barack Obama's appointment of pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas as Health Secretary. Sebelius has been soundly condemned by pro-life advocates for vetoing several pro-life bills to reduce abortions and her close relationship with late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.

Kmiec amazingly claims Sebelius is pro-life and will promote pro-life policies as president, even though any health care plan she will help Obama put forward will likely include coverage for abortions.

"I believe she is a highly capable and respected administrator who fully believes in the protection of human life at all its stages, and will advance that goal by working for one of the most important health reforms in our history," Kmiec says.

Kmiec says he disagrees with Obama promoting embryonic stem cell research, but instead of criticizing the president he invalidates his own beliefs by praising Obama's so-called desire to "separate science from politics."

Kmiec says he has urged the Obama administration to promote embryonic stem cell research alternatives but says nothing of Obama's decision to overturn a Bush order doing just that.

Kmiec also says he "commend[s] the President for his strong prohibition of human cloning," even though Obama clearly left the door open to human cloning for research purposes.

The icing in the cake is Kmiec's dismissal of the pro-life concerns about Obama signing the so-called Freedom of Choice Act. Apparently Kmiec is not up to date on the latest news that two top pro-abortion members of Congress plan to introduce the radical pro-abortion bill soon and make it, as they say, a "top priority."

"Of course, I am pleased that the FOCA 'scare' has proven, as all of the President's strong supporters like me predicted, to be without foundation," Kmiec told U.S. News.

Yet, a spokesman for Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat who is chairman of a House Judiciary subcommittee that could consider the bill, says the bill is forthcoming.

FOCA "is among the congressman's priorities. We expect to reintroduce it sooner rather than later," Ilan Kayatsky told the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

"We expect it to be more or less the same bill with some minor tweaks," Kayatsky said. He indicated he expects pro-abortion Sen. Barbara Boxer to introduce a companion bill shortly.

Ultimately, Kmiec told the news weekly that he doesn't care much about pro-life criticism of his unyielding defense of his pro-abortion president.

"So the political antagonists of the President can 'call me out' if they want; though, I think their time would be better spent seeing the larger picture of the economic and related cultural challenges which face the nation," he concluded.

Kmiec could be considered by some to be hopeful before the election that Obama's actions as president would somehow contradict his pro-abortion actions as an Illinois legislator and U.S. senator.

Now that Obama has extensively promoted abortion as president, Kmiec is seen less and less as a genuine pro-life Catholic and more as a sellout who clearly is more interested in promoting Obama than protecting human life. Any attempts now by Kmiec to claim to be pro-life are disingenuous at best.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; bho44; catholic; catholicvote; dougkmiec; kmiec; moralabsolutes; obamatruthfile; prolife; teamromney
"So the political antagonists of the President can 'call me out' if they want; though, I think their time would be better spent seeing the larger picture of the economic and related cultural challenges which face the nation," he concluded.

An American baby is MURDERED EVERY 24 SECONDS, how's that for the "larger picture"?

1 posted on 03/11/2009 12:42:10 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 03/11/2009 12:43:42 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 03/11/2009 12:43:59 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Kmiec has lost his mind. To think he used to purportedly be on the short list of potential GOP SCOTUS nominees. We would have been Soutered again.


4 posted on 03/11/2009 12:44:14 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: wagglebee

Excommunicate this Jerk and any elected Officials that vote for this crap.


5 posted on 03/11/2009 12:44:23 PM PDT by mortal19440
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To: wagglebee

Hey. No problem! Guys like KuhmYecch give the Inquisition a good name. Suddenly the idea of punishing heretics is something even our Protestant friends can view not only with understanding but with approval!


6 posted on 03/11/2009 12:45:16 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: wagglebee

You didn’t know wagglebee President Obama don’t want his daughters be punished with baby

What a TOOL this guy is


7 posted on 03/11/2009 12:45:55 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: wagglebee

How ANY person who claims to be Catholic and a Republican and supports BHO is simply beyond my comprehension.

Kmiec should leave both the Church and the Party. What an utterly useless idiot and traitor.


8 posted on 03/11/2009 12:46:21 PM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: wagglebee
"So the political antagonists of the President can 'call me out' if they want; though, I think their time would be better spent seeing the larger picture of the economic and related cultural challenges which face the nation," he concluded.

Well, yes, it's true that the US has murdered over 50 million babies, but who really cares about that? Can't we talk about more important things?? [/s]

9 posted on 03/11/2009 12:46:24 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: wagglebee

Doug Kmiec is in love with evil.


10 posted on 03/11/2009 12:47:13 PM PDT by Antoninus (Every time Obama speaks, I buy more silver.)
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To: wagglebee; greyfoxx39; Tennessee Nana; EternalVigilance; Reagan Man; Elsie; MeanWestTexan; ...
Douglas Kmiec is yet another Romney supporter from the Romney Keep,
in to 1) attack the GOP and 2) support Obama (like several RomneyBOTS, surprise, surprise).

"Romney supporter turned Obama man Douglas Kmiec indulged in quite a litany of name-calling,
finger pointing and demagoguery against the GOP that would have been amazing from the same man only one year ago.
Kmiec has shown that he no longer cares much how he is viewed, going full Democrat Partisan at this point.
"

"Kmiec was named by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
to head the Romney for President Committee
on the Courts and the Constitution in 2007."

11 posted on 03/11/2009 12:49:25 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities." - Dune)
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To: wagglebee
The Catholic Church has unambiguously identified abortion as a "grave evil". One of the defining things that set early Christians apart from the pagan culture around them was their respect for human life; and specifically their rejection of abortion and infanticide. We can't be Catholic and be evasive or indulgent about the killing of unborn life. We can't claim to be "Catholic" and "pro-choice" at the same time without owning the responsibility for where the choice leads -- to a dead unborn child. We can't talk piously about programs to reduce the abortion body count without also working vigorously to change the laws that make the killing possible. If we're Catholic, then we believe in the sanctity of developing human life. And if we don't really believe in the humanity of the unborn child from the moment life begins, then we should stop lying to ourselves and others, and even to God, by claiming we're something we're not.

- Archbishop Charles Chaput

12 posted on 03/11/2009 12:49:55 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: wagglebee

Kmeic is begging someone to go all Torquemada on him....I volunteer!


13 posted on 03/11/2009 12:51:00 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (patriotic dissent is a luxury of those protected by men and women better than they)
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To: wagglebee

30 pieces of silver......


14 posted on 03/11/2009 12:51:26 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Obama = Jimmy Carter II)
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To: Welcome2thejungle

Maybe Kmiec really believes this...on the other hand, maybe he’s argued himself into a corner and doesn’t have the intellectual honesty and courage to admit that he’s been terribly wrong all along. It’s hard for a ‘scholar’ to admit he’s wrong, particularly when he’s being attacked. His position really makes no sense.


15 posted on 03/11/2009 12:52:51 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: mortal19440
Excommunicate this Jerk and any elected Officials that vote for this crap.

I wonder if Mr. Kmiec knows the definition of "self ex-communication"?

16 posted on 03/11/2009 12:54:29 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (Don't blame me...I voted for Palin!)
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To: Antoninus
Kmiec has a man-crush on Hussein....it appears he needs serious psychological counseling.
17 posted on 03/11/2009 12:55:57 PM PDT by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: Darren McCarty

A WOLF in sheeps clothing.


18 posted on 03/11/2009 12:57:05 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: wagglebee

I’ll call you out dufus - YOU ARE NOT A CATHOLIC. Go join the Unitarians.


19 posted on 03/11/2009 12:58:13 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: wagglebee
I've always been genuinely mystified as to how anyone who claims to be a Christian could support abortion. Such a belief could not be more opposite of what Jesus Christ taught us.
20 posted on 03/11/2009 12:58:37 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Let the 2nd American Revolution begin!)
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To: Darren McCarty
30 pieces of silver......

I'll send it to him today if it would get him to shut up.

21 posted on 03/11/2009 12:59:29 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: diamond6; Darren McCarty
A WOLF in sheeps clothing.

Nope, this jackass is way beyond hiding his true intentions.

22 posted on 03/11/2009 1:00:18 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Night Hides Not

“self ex-communication”

yeah, that holds a lot of weight.


23 posted on 03/11/2009 1:01:04 PM PDT by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: americanophile
I am not a physician, and this is not medical advice.

I wonder if he has a brain tumour ... they can have this sort of effect.

24 posted on 03/11/2009 1:01:12 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: wagglebee
More spin from "Devious" Doug.

It's Bernardin's "seamless garment" shtick. You know, the old blather about "yes, yes, we're very concerned about abortion but of course, we're concerned about all life issues, including health, war, poverty etc etc.". Essentially, it dilutes the importance of the unqualified right to life by equating it with other social issues. You don't deny the importance of abortion outright. You simply bury it amongst a host of other "important" issues. Devilishly cunning and extremely dangerous.

It's done incalculable damage to the Catholic Church in this country.

25 posted on 03/11/2009 1:03:06 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: wagglebee

Dougie makes me sick. It is time to formally excommunicate him though he is already self-excommunicated. Maybe we should start a petition and present it to his bishop.

Proverbs 17:23-25 describes him perfectly:

23The wicked accept a concealed bribe
to pervert the ways of justice.
24The discerning person looks to wisdom,
but the eyes of a fool to the ends of the earth.
25Foolish children are a grief to their father
and bitterness to her who bore them.


26 posted on 03/11/2009 1:03:36 PM PDT by DarthVader (Liberal Democrats are the party of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: mortal19440
Excommunicating Kmiec would be giving him just what he wants: attention. We should ignore him, as I suspect Barack Obama is doing, now that he no longer needs him. (I'll be Obama is chuckling about what a fool Kmiec is.)
27 posted on 03/11/2009 1:03:53 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: utahagen

In this case, silence gives assent. He needs to be formally, publicly repudiated.


28 posted on 03/11/2009 1:05:43 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Diogenesis

I think Kmiec’s past association with Romney (or Reagan or anyone else) is irrelevant at this point. Kmiec has gone so far off the deep end that he speaks for no one but himself. Let’s keep our focus squarely on Kmiec and what a wackado he is. (I used to think Kmiec was a quisling, but now I think he’s just insane.)


29 posted on 03/11/2009 1:06:27 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: americanophile
It’s hard for a ‘scholar’ to admit he’s wrong, particularly when he’s being attacked. His position really makes no sense.

Sorry to be off topic, but you reminded me of a (4th year) philosophy class I took long ago. The professor, a Jesuit priest, stripped the veneer off the mystery of the subject of philosophy: "It's not what you say, it's how you say it, because philosophy is nothing but a bunch of BS."

Perhaps Mr. Kmiec would do himself, and his immortal soul, a favor by ceasing his tortured attempts to justify his position, i.e. admit that he's full of BS in his support of Obama.

BTW, I don't think I ever worked harder for a B in my life (3-4 hours of homework for every hour in class). Considering that 12 of the 14 students in the class were theology or philosophy majors, I think I did quite well.

30 posted on 03/11/2009 1:07:42 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (Don't blame me...I voted for Palin!)
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To: marshmallow

Social justice CANNOT EXIST without life; therefore, life MUST come first.


31 posted on 03/11/2009 1:09:40 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: ArrogantBustard
I think Kmiec is crazy — I mean that: Kmiec is nuts — and that it would be counterproductive for a bishop to excommunicate him. It also wouldn't be defensible, given that “Catholic” politicians like Pelosi have not been excommunicated. Behind-the-scenes warnings to Kmiec would be the way to go at this point. (Although I'm sure Kmiec would make hay with even those types of warnings, given that he dined out for months on being refused Communion at one Mass.)
32 posted on 03/11/2009 1:10:30 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: Night Hides Not

I hear you...it’s notoriously difficult, and I think you’re right on. Kmiec is just trying to find a rationale for a position that defies common sense. He’s not stupid, so only pride accounts for his continuing intransigence.


33 posted on 03/11/2009 1:11:11 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: utahagen

The bishop should excommunicate both of them. That would be consistant and a strong message that needs to be sent.


34 posted on 03/11/2009 1:13:42 PM PDT by DarthVader (Liberal Democrats are the party of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: wagglebee

65 years ago this would read:

“Catholic HITLER Apologist Douglas Kmiec Defends der Furher’s Pro-Extermination Record.”


35 posted on 03/11/2009 1:25:01 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: wagglebee

Scratch a CINO, find a pro-abortion socialist.


36 posted on 03/11/2009 1:28:56 PM PDT by ikka (Brother, you asked for it!)
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To: wagglebee
Maybe there was a problem with promoting someone who doesn't even have a degree from a Catholic college. The "pro-life Catholic leader" part sounds bogus now. No educated Catholic would make pro-abortion statements like these.
37 posted on 03/11/2009 2:24:58 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: wagglebee

George Orwell lives. Up is down, black is white, etc. Mr. Kmiec is just so dishonest I can barely stand it. I would respect him so much better if he just admitted that Obama is pro-abortion and is rapidly enacting policies to promote them, but that he supports him for whatever other socio-political policies he may have. To pretend that Kmiec and Obama are pro-life is just to engage in Marxist manipulation of the English language.


38 posted on 03/11/2009 2:55:09 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: wagglebee

There’s no real Christian way to say this, but Kmiec needs to STFU if he is claiming to speak for Catholics.


39 posted on 03/11/2009 2:56:21 PM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: Diogenesis

Romney has never supported Obama, so don’t blame him for Kmiec’s treachorous and Orwellian pro-Obama shenanigans.


40 posted on 03/11/2009 2:56:47 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: wagglebee
Catholic Obama Apologist Douglas Kmiec Defends President's Pro-Abortion Record

Who cares?

We've got him for 46 more months!

41 posted on 03/11/2009 3:07:09 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Unam Sanctam
"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"

42 posted on 03/11/2009 3:17:16 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities." - Dune)
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To: Mad Dawg
Your Protestant FRiends (including me) supported the stocks. I think they are more than applicable in this instance.
43 posted on 03/11/2009 3:19:19 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: Repeat Offender

I’m hip. Shame generally needs to be restored as a social force.


44 posted on 03/11/2009 3:42:01 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: wagglebee

He HAS to be angling for a judgeship. Aside from a degenerative brain disease, I cannot think of any other explanation for the looney things he’s been saying.


45 posted on 03/11/2009 4:31:27 PM PDT by freespirited (The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. -- M. Thatcher)
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To: All
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46 posted on 03/11/2009 4:35:10 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: MrB
yeah, that holds a lot of weight.

It does during one's particular judgment.

47 posted on 03/11/2009 5:39:55 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: americanophile

May the wrath of Almighty God fall swiftly upon Douglas Kmiec.


48 posted on 03/11/2009 11:07:07 PM PDT by pankot
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