Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Excuses for Obama Melt Away

Today's News & Views
October 1, 2008
-- Part One of Three

Editor's note. I hope you have a chance to read Part Two, which talks about the Knight of Columbus letter criticizing pro-abortion Sen. Joe Biden, and Part Three, which is the full letter. Please send your thoughts to

As a non-Catholic, I try to be very cautious when talking about the in-house debate over whether a Catholic can support someone as committed to not only maintaining abortion on demand, but embedding it even deeper in the culture as Sen. Barack Obama. But this topic came up again yesterday when a friend forwarded an entry on the blog of the magazine "America."
The author was Prof. Sidney Callahan, whose work I have admired over the years. In her first paragraph, Mrs. Callahan establishes her credentials, downgrades the importance of abortion, and tells her audience why Obama is her candidate.

When I finished her entry, I was reminded again of the staggering irony that is at the heart of "Catholics for Obama." They seem to believe that Obama is really a reasonable fellow, with no real investment in abortion, and, if given a quarter of a chance, will "do the right thing"--lead the way toward a "reduction in the number of abortions."

The problem is there is absolutely nothing--NOTHING-- in what he's said or done that suggests that Obama would retreat an inch from his extremist position on abortion and lots and lots to show that he's just getting started.

Let me just tick off a couple of items.
Obama is a 100%er in his votes--for all the bad stuff, and against all the good proposals. That includes everything from support for partial-birth abortion to opposition to parental involvement in life-and-death decisions made by their pregnant daughters to making you and me pay for abortions.

And, as you may already know, Obama supporters spend almost as much time as the Obama campaign denying/deflecting his opposition to Illinois' Born-Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA). Obama calls us liars for showing his deep involvement in killing legislation to protect born-alive survivors of abortions. They simply say indignantly that no one could oppose a piece of legislation like BAIPA. The inconvenient truth is that Obama did just that--four times--and then has spent the past four years + covering up what he did.

National Right to Life

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