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President Obama's Covert Zeal for Abortion
Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2012 | Ken Blackwell

Posted on 07/22/2012 7:43:13 AM PDT by Kaslin

Abraham Lincoln faced a similar problem in 1854 when he spoke of the “covert zeal” of President Franklin Pierce and Sen. Steven A. Douglas for the spread of slavery. These leading Democrats never said they were in favor of slavery. They simply viewed the right of whites to choose slavery for blacks as a “sacred principle of self government.”Lincoln abhorred this subterfuge.

President Obama doesn't talk about abortion much. He famously tried to avoid the question in 2008 when Pastor Rick Warren asked him what rights, if any, unborn children have. "The answer to that question is above my pay grade," he said then. With his strong election victory,Barack Obama was promoted to the office where the buck stops, where such questions demand an answer. His answer has been clear: None. The unborn have no rights at any time, in any context.

President Obama has been the most pro-abortion president in history. That was a distinction not easily won, especially after eight years of Bill and Hillary Clinton. They famously said abortion should be "safe,legal and rare." That seemed to be a middle path. But the only place they made abortion rare was in Antarctica. President Clinton sent out the Red Cable to all U.S. Embassies ordering them to press their host countries to make abortion on demand legal and paid for by the state.

Yet, Hillary told Newsweek abortion is "wrong."(October 31, 1994 issue). She only said it once in her entire career. Still,she said it.

Barack Obama has never said that. From his first public office, he has been an advocate for abortion on demand. He led the fight in the Illinois State Senate to deny protection for newborn children who survive abortion attempts. These children are U.S. citizens under the Fourteenth Amendment. And just as too many states denied "equal protection of the laws" to black Americans under a century of unjust Jim Crow laws, Barack Obama denied protection of Illinois laws to newborns in the Land of Lincoln because they had been targeted for abortion. It is tragically ironic that a disproportionate number of these late term botched abortions are performed on minority women.

As president, Bill Clinton twice vetoed the ban on Partial-Birth Abortions. Elena Kagan strongly urged him to veto the law. President Obama elevated Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. This outspoken advocate of Partial-Birth Abortion, not surprisingly, voted to approve Obamacare--the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. We can have little doubt as to how Kagan will rule if the lawsuits filed by dozens of Catholic dioceses make it to the Supreme Court. She is unlikely to surprise and shock any liberal abortion advocates as Chief Justice John Roberts shocked and appalled millions of pro-lifers with his last minute shift of position. For pro-lifers, the shocks and the surprises only come one way with the Supreme Court. Liberal pro-abortion advocates never find one of their own jumping the traces. They vote in lockstep to uphold the Culture of Death.

Like the Clintons, President Obama opposed the ban on Partial-Birth Abortions. Nurse Brenda Pratt Shafer described what she saw in a Partial-Birth Abortion. It requires re-reading now: "I stood at the doctor's side and watched him perform a partial-birth abortion on a woman who was six months pregnant. The baby's heartbeat was clearly visible on the ultrasound screen. The doctor delivered the baby's body and arms, everything but his little head. The baby's body was moving. His little fingers were clasping together. He was kicking his feet. The doctor took a pair of scissors and inserted them into the back of the baby's head, and the baby's arms jerked out in a flinch, a startle reaction, like a baby does when he thinks that he might fall. Then the doctor opened the sci he stuck the high-powered suction tube into the hole and sucked the baby's brains out. Now the baby was completely limp. I never went back to the clinic. But I am still haunted by the face of that little boy. It was the most perfect, angelic face I have ever seen."

Just reading about such a horror led pro-choice liberal columnist Richard Cohen to oppose it.

...the fact remains that the anti-abortion people are on to something. Late-term abortions may be necessary, but you cannot read about them without feeling diminished as a human being. Something awful has happened, and simply as a matter of principle we ought to be opposed. We ought to say, in short, that this procedure cannot be used--that late-term abortions cannot be permitted at all--unless we absolutely have no choice. ["Reason to Shudder," Washington Post, July 4, 2000].

Cohen said then that people who don't shudder at this nightmare make him shudder. President Obama does not shudder. Nor does Justice Elena Kagan. They have a cool and detached view. To them, the fetus has no rights, ever. And "the right to choose" can mean the right to a dead child.

From his first day in office until now, President Obama has quietly but vigorously pushed the abortion agenda. He records promotional videos for Planned Parenthood. This group kills 340,000 of the more than1,200,000 unborn children killed each year by abortion. Under Obamacare, they will be able to kill millions more.

My Family Research Council colleague, Jeanne Monahan is the Director of FRC's Center for Human Dignity. She has documented the unrelenting push for more abortion here and throughout the world under the Obama administration. Her carefully researched report can be downloaded here.

Another famous pro-choice journalist, Joe Klein, concedes in TIME magazine that ultrasound has changed our understanding of the unborn. It is impossible to deny, he writes, that "that thing in the womb," he writes, "is a human life." From the earliest stages. Joe Klein is haunted. Richard Cohen shudders. We must decide if we shall proceed down the road toward a Culture of Death. That decision is not above our pay grade.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: abortion

1 posted on 07/22/2012 7:43:21 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

It must have been TownHall editors who supplied that headline. Ken’s position is clearly that few policy positions are LESS covert than Obama’s unfliching, enthusiastic and well-nigh totalitarian support for abortion.


2 posted on 07/22/2012 7:47:13 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: Kaslin
Abortion and homosexuality are the two pillars of the modern Democrat party.
Out of those two things comes a broad disdain for anyone who espouses the Christian faith.
And out of that comes an unseemly willingness to embrace anything connected to Islam.
3 posted on 07/22/2012 7:49:16 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 07/22/2012 7:49:48 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama does not have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: Kaslin

Oh how I wish his mom had the same passion for abortion that he has!!


5 posted on 07/22/2012 7:50:51 AM PDT by Fighter@heart (Ask The American Indian how ignoring immigration worked out for them!!! WAKE UP!!)
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To: BelegStrongbow

Obama has always supported abortion, and even killing a handicapped child after the birth.

Why would anyone say it is covert.


6 posted on 07/22/2012 7:51:18 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: ClearCase_guy

A great Post it tells it like it is

Abortion and Homosexuality will carry this country to perditon.


7 posted on 07/22/2012 7:52:29 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin
That was a distinction not easily won, especially after eight years of Bill and Hillary Clinton. They famously said abortion should be "safe,legal and rare."

And the author believes that BS from the lying Clintons
8 posted on 07/22/2012 7:53:33 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: ClearCase_guy

Profoundly stated.


9 posted on 07/22/2012 7:54:58 AM PDT by bramps
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To: Venturer

I agree and Ken Blackwell’s column abundantly documents that. From the day I first laid eyes on the man I knew his position on abortion and for that alone was prepared to vote against him, no matter what slime was hurled at me.

Of course, he has since gone on to support just about every conceivably untenable, unAmerican, destructive Marxist policy position and so my intention to vote against him has not ever wavered.

He should thank Marx I have decided to be obedient to the law and only vote once.


10 posted on 07/22/2012 7:55:19 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: uncbob

His point was only that they said it, not that they believed it, to make clear that they felt it necessary to give themselves cover for their true position.

This would be in contrast to the open murderous intent of the current WH Occupant who feels confident in supporting mass murder of defenseless preborns and infants without cover of any kind of quoted statement to the contrary or even of qualification about his degree of support.


11 posted on 07/22/2012 7:57:55 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: MuttTheHoople

BTTT


12 posted on 07/22/2012 8:26:24 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kaslin

it’s child sacrifice, no better than any pagan


13 posted on 07/22/2012 9:07:47 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin
"Zeal" for abortion. That's a good way to put it.

I know some people who are not merely pro-choice, but have an almost religious fervor for abortion. I can understand, intellectually, being pro-choice but just cannot wrap my mind around having a *passion* for it!!

14 posted on 07/22/2012 9:09:22 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Kaslin

It’s too bad Stanley Ann Dunham wasn’t equally enthusiastic about abortion back in 1961.


15 posted on 07/22/2012 9:12:20 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Iron Munro

We lived through six years of Governor Sebileus who was financed by the Kansas partial birth abortion industry. It’s a horror that our RINOs and our cowardly press refused to face, and they still pretend it didn’t happen.
Maybe if they had faced it, we would be a little further along in understanding why liberals are so fond of it.


16 posted on 07/22/2012 9:18:08 AM PDT by Kanzan
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To: Kanzan

I should have said that most of us lived through these years. Many didn’t.


17 posted on 07/22/2012 9:21:34 AM PDT by Kanzan
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To: Kaslin

Liberals are killing potential democrat voters by the millions.

At last count there have been an estimated 54.5 million abortions since 1973.

That is an average of almost 1,400,000 babies killed per year, every year for 40 years.

Ref: http://tinyurl.com/7d8yam4


18 posted on 07/22/2012 9:21:48 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Kanzan
I should have said that most of us lived through these years. Many didn’t.


19 posted on 07/22/2012 9:29:33 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Kaslin
(Article) His answer has been clear: None. The unborn have no rights at any time, in any context.

It distorts the dirigisme of Obama's Leninism, to say that he opposes any rights for the unborn.

He opposes individual rights for everyone, living and dead.

20 posted on 07/22/2012 9:32:58 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: MuttTheHoople
At first I thought that political 'toon too tough.

Then I remembered what the Communists gave Princess Anastasia, on the orders of Lenin and his Central Committee, and guess what? -- it was exactly the same thing. They clubbed her to death with rifle butts as she tried to crawl away from the slaughter of the Imperial Family.

21 posted on 07/22/2012 9:36:32 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin

What’s covert about it? He probably has their logo tattooed on the small of his back.


22 posted on 07/22/2012 9:39:25 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (If Bill Ayers had a son, he'd look like James Holmes.)
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To: Kaslin
Barack Obama Quote:

"If [my daughters] make a mistake I don't want them punished with a baby."

This Foolish Woman Was Punished With A Baby


23 posted on 07/22/2012 9:39:44 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Kaslin

What’s covert about it? He probably has their logo tattooed on the small of his back.


24 posted on 07/22/2012 9:39:52 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (If Bill Ayers had a son, he'd look like James Holmes.)
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To: Venturer

“Why would anyone say it is covert.”
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Yes, simply drop one C from that headline and it switches from unfathomable to perfectly understandable. It should read, “President Obama’s Overt Zeal for Abortion.”


25 posted on 07/22/2012 9:41:48 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Free healthcare is worth FAR LESS than it costs.)
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To: Iron Munro
It’s too bad Stanley Ann Dunham wasn’t equally enthusiastic about abortion back in 1961.

Whoa, there's a thought!

Why should Obama have escaped "prenatal counseling"? Nice AJP's in big Eastern cities get "genetic counseling" during pregnancy, Commentary tells us, which informs them right away if they are carrying a less-than-perfect baby. Little Trig Palin would not have survived this "genetic counseling", which the article tells us has practically eliminated Down syndrome from the Jewish community.

That's one reason social-liberal urban women hate Sarah Palin. Her living child is a deathless rebuke to the core of their being.

26 posted on 07/22/2012 9:43:03 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kanzan
Good post. You can place the blame squarely on my church -- the Catholic church. If the watchmen hadn't been playing with themselves, excommunication would have begun with the house of Kennedy. But American Catholics' unhealthy love of power has caused them to not only remain silent, but to enable and be complicit in its abuse.

Woe to us and to our children.

27 posted on 07/22/2012 9:45:21 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (If Bill Ayers had a son, he'd look like James Holmes.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
He probably has their logo tattooed on the small of his back.

Nah. Just above the hairline, on the nape of the neck, near the crown of the head.

28 posted on 07/22/2012 9:45:57 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin; little jeremiah; wagglebee
(Art.) Joe Klein is haunted. Richard Cohen shudders. We must decide if we shall proceed down the road toward a Culture of Death.

They have those processions every year in San Francisco. They're called Pride Parades.

29 posted on 07/22/2012 9:56:41 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Iron Munro

You get the best post award!


30 posted on 07/22/2012 10:02:32 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Kaslin

President Obama's Covert Zeal for Abortion

What, exactly, is covert about it?

He has been the most overt advocate for abortion that we've ever had occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, in the country's history.

31 posted on 07/22/2012 12:50:05 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: lentulusgracchus
It distorts the dirigisme of Obama's Leninism, to say that he opposes any rights for the unborn.

Great word to use! </hat-tip>


32 posted on 07/22/2012 3:20:51 PM PDT by rdb3 (We need Ward Cleaver for President. We already have Eddie Haskell. (ATB))
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To: Kaslin
He famously tried to avoid the question in 2008 when Pastor Rick Warren asked him what rights, if any, unborn children have. "The answer to that question is above my pay grade,"

As I recall, the actual question was along the lines of In your opinion, what rights do unborn children have.

The Won essentially replied that his own opinion was above his pay grade.

33 posted on 07/26/2012 6:25:29 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Iron Munro
Here's young Barky (looking a lot like the National Enquirer "Bat Boy"), between Barky Sr. (left) and Frank Marshall Davis (right). Which does he more closely resemble?


34 posted on 07/26/2012 6:36:25 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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