A few days ago I scoffed at Sen. Obama's laughable claim, made in an interview with Christianity Today, that "I don't know anybody who is pro-abortion." Turns out that last week, while celebrating 35 years of Roe v. Wade, the Senator posted the following remarks on his website:
"Throughout my career, I've been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
"When South Dakota passed a law banning all abortions in a direct effort to have Roe overruled, I was the only candidate for President to raise money to help the citizens of South Dakota repeal that law. When anti-choice protesters blocked the opening of an Illinois Planned Parenthood clinic in a community where affordable health care is in short supply, I was the only candidate for President who spoke out against it. And I will continue to defend this right by passing the Freedom of Choice Act as president.
"Moreover, I believe in and have supported common-sense solutions like increasing access to affordable birth control to help prevent unintended pregnancies. In the Illinois state Senate, when Congress failed to require insurance plans to cover FDA-approved contraceptives, I made sure those contraceptives were covered for women in Illinois. In the U.S. Senate, I've worked with Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on a bill that would make birth control more affordable for low-income and college women, and introduced the Senate version of Representative Hilda Solis' bill to reduce unintended pregnancies in communities of color. As President, I will improve access to affordable health care and work to ensure that our teens are getting the information and services they need to stay safe and healthy.
"But we also know that Roe v. Wade is about more than a woman's right to choose; it's about equality. It's about whether our daughters are going to have the same opportunities as our sons. And so to truly honor that decision, we need to update the social contract so that women can free themselves, and their children, from violent relationships; so that a mom can stay home with a sick child without getting a pink slip; so that she can go to work knowing that there's affordable, quality childcare for her children; and so that the American dream is within reach for every family in this country. This anniversary reminds us that it's not enough to protect the gains of the past – we have to build a future that's filled with hope and possibility for all Americans." [emphasis added]
(Read more like-minded comments on the NARAL website's page for Obama.) Yes, "hope and possibility for all Americans," except for those who are unfortunate enough to experience the bloody "reproductive justice" supported by Sen. Obama. Hey, I'm not saying that he's pro-liar, just that he's a consistent and strong supporter of not telling the truth about his support of abortion when it doesn't suit him.
Meanwhile, there has been a lot of vigorous debate going on at some Catholic blogs about whether or not Catholics should vote for Sen. Obama. Christopher Blosser summarizes some of the debate over at Catholics in the Public Square, which apparently began with reaction to Carolyn Kennedy's endorsement of Obama. Be sure to read it if you are interested in how people will twist themselves in pretzels trying to offer vague, pseudo-philosophical "arguments" about "the audacity of hope" (as one Obama supporter puts it) that the Senator from Illinois is offering America.
In related news, Ted Kennedy has now endorsed Obama for President, offering up a heaping serving of empty, polemical rhetoric:
"With Barack Obama, we will turn the page on the old politics of misrepresentation and distortion.
"With Barack Obama we will close the book on the old politics of race against race, gender against gender, ethnic group against ethnic group, and straight against gay," Kennedy said.
..."I believe that a wave of change is moving across America," Kennedy said.
I believe the correct term is "wave of nausea," and I'm quite certain it has now reached me here in Oregon.