Here are some selected quotes from an article called “McCain and Obama try to navigate the politics of abortion” in the Los Angeles Times with comments from me:
Obama, a Democrat who supports abortion rights but reminded the audience at Saddleback Church that he wanted to make the procedure less common, has managed to make accommodations to abortion opponents without complaints from his party’s base.
What accomodations? All that has happened is that the Democratic Party has added a statment to their platform that they support a woman’s decision to have a baby. Doesn’t that go without saying? I mean, I’ve hardly ever heard of anyone who opposes childbirth. Does this “accomodation” do anything to stop abortion or even to make them “rare”?
The language, up for approval next week at the Democratic National Convention, comes as Obama is trying to erode the Republican advantage among white evangelical voters.
Are Republicans that stupid? This Republican isn’t it.
“Whoever is elected president will have the power to fundamentally transform the future of abortion politics,” said Cynthia Daniels, a political scientist at Rutgers University.
Who cares about abortion politics? I don’t even really know what that means. I care about the life of the unborn, not about abortion politics.
At the Saddleback forum, Obama took credit for pushing the platform change, saying the nation’s goal should be to reduce the number of abortions. While sidestepping the question of when a baby should get human rights, saying it was “above my pay grade,” Obama reminded the audience that he supported some limits on late-term abortion.
First, Obama has done absolutely nothing to reduce the number of abortions. Neither has anyone else who claims to be “personally opposed” to it. Besides, if abortion is not wrong, then why reduce the number of abortions? If it is wrong, then why permit it? If Obama is not qualified to decide when a baby should get human rights, then how can he say it is not from the moment of conception? He is simply lying when he says that he supports limits on late-term abortion. He has never in his life voted for any legislation that would limit abortion in any way. He even voted against the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act in the state of Illinois, a measure that would have required doctors to treat abortion survivors so that they would not die from neglect.
“What I can do is say: Are there ways that we can work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies?”
How could it possibly be the job of the President or any other politician to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies? Every person is responsible for his own life and his own actions. There are two simple ways to deal with so-called unwanted pregnancies. If you don’t want to get pregnant, abstain or use birth control measures. If you end up getting pregnant, then just choose to want the baby or to give it to somebody who does.
For Obama, the abortion issue has been less problematic. His party’s announcement that [pro-life Senator Bob] Casey would speak at the convention drew no protest from abortion rights groups.
Of course not! The party platform still says that they strongly and unequivocally support Roe v Wade. Any Supreme Court justice that Obama appoints would be solidly pro-abortion and would meet the litmus test imposed by groups that advocate abortion. Just as I suggested that Republicans are not stupid, I don’t believe that most Democrats are either.