October 20, 2012
The True Extremist on AbortionBy Tom Trinko
Americans are divided about abortion. A majority favors legalized abortion in the hard cases: rape, incest, and threat to the life of the mother -- though keep in mind that these account for less, and probably a lot less, than 8% of all abortions. Very few support Obama's extreme position of abortions for any reason at any time, including the third trimester.
Contrary to Obama's view that abortion is a good thing, most Americans who support abortion think that it is, under certain circumstances, an unfortunate necessity. In fact, Americans' support for abortion appears stronger than it is because many Americans think that abortion is more legally restricted than it really is.
In a poll which tried to determine what Americans know about what is and isn't legal with regards to abortion, only 29% knew what the law actually is. Fifty percent believed that the law is far more restrictive than it actually is.
Many Americans do not know that currently, based on the Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, abortion is legal for any reason up until the second a child is born.
While some progress has been made at the state level on issues such as parental notification, the only laws passed to date that actually limit abortion, by restricting it to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, have not yet been upheld by the Supreme Court.
Experience shows that a significant majority of Americans favor some restrictions on abortion.
Even very liberal pro-abort diehards have voted to require medical care for babies who survive botched abortions. Bill Clinton wanted to keep abortion rare. The Congress banned partial birth abortion. Many states have passed parental consent bills, eliminating the situation where a 13-year-old girl can get an abortion but not an aspirin without her parents' consent. Some states have passed laws to limit abortions to before the 20th week of pregnancy. Seventy-nine percent of Americans believe that abortion should be legal only in the first trimester -- i.e., the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. There is a growing movement to follow India's ban of sex-selection abortions.
But Barack Obama fights against this mainstream view of abortion law. Most Americans are unaware of how extreme Obama is on abortion; Obama does not hold to the "keep abortion rare" mentality that Bill Clinton publicly espoused.
There is no evidence that President Obama opposes any form of abortion. Instead, Obama is singularly eager to ensure that even the most extreme abortion practices are legal.
In Illinois, Obama voted three times against a bill, identical to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act supported at a federal level by ardent pro-aborts, that would require medical care for a baby who survives an abortion.
The bill was introduced after a nurse at an abortion mill testified that babies who survived abortions, and who could have survived if given medical care, were just left to die. Apparently unconcerned about these born babies, Obama declared that the need to protect abortion was so grave that it would be wrong to require medical care for babies who survive since that might chip away at abortion "rights" -- even though the bill specifically stated that it would have no impact on a woman's right to an abortion.
Obama has referred to babies born in botched abortions as a fetus outside the womb. Obama appears to be trying to justify the murder through inattention of a born human being because the mother wanted to kill the child.
President Obama believes that partial-birth abortion -- where, for example, a little girl is partially delivered until all but the her head is outside of her mother's body, whereupon the girl's brains are mushed up with a knife and her head crushed -- should be legal. The AMA declared that there is never a medical need for such a barbarous procedure.
Until 2008, the Democrat Party position was that abortion should be rare. But with Obama's presidential run, the "rare" term was dropped, and the Democrat platform, presumably strongly influenced by Obama, came out in complete support for all forms of abortion.
The 2012 Democrat platform -- both "no God" and "yes God" versions -- says:
Under Obama, then, the Democrats have declared not only that abortion is not something to be avoided if possible -- i.e., rare -- but that the government must fund surgical abortions---"regardless of ability to pay."
ObamaCare gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services the ability to define what health care must be covered, and the current HHS mandate covers abortion pills, so can anyone doubt that if Obama is re-elected, surgical abortions will be added to the mandate?
Obama supports late-term abortions that involve viable fetuses; when asked about third-trimester abortions, Obama replied, "I'm pro-choice."
In short, he's dramatically out of step with the 86% of Americans who oppose third-trimester abortions.
People oppose late-term abortions because a viable human being is killed. At 24 weeks into the pregnancy, the unborn have a 50% chance of surviving if born prematurely; that jumps to a 90%-95% chance by the start of the third trimester.
What could be more extreme than Obama's support for the killing of an unborn member of the human species who would almost certainly survive if birth were induced instead of an abortion being performed?
Obama opposed a ban on sex selection abortions, where, generally, the unborn child is killed just because she's a girl and the parents want a boy.
Supporting the right to kill the unborn just because they are female is the real war on women in America today, with real casualties. Only Obama, wrapped in a comforting media cocoon, could possibly hope to attack Republicans for their supposed war on women while supporting abortion practices directed at killing little women.
Obama has endorsed the abortion of his own grandchildren, saying:
Even in child-phobic modern America, declaring a baby "punishment" is pretty extreme. While it's one thing to support abortion for someone else's raped 15-year-old daughter, it's quite another to be cool with the termination with extreme prejudice of your own first granddaughter conceived in a consensual encounter.
Obama sees the killing of brown babies in the third world as a valuable technique to improve society worldwide. In his first week in office, he reinstated federal funding for organizations that promote and provide abortions in the third world -- a practice opposed by 65% of Americans.
Obama's belief that abortion is a good thing coupled with his extreme support for abortion without limits, paid for with taxpayer dollars, puts him out of step with the vast majority of Americans. The majority of Americans view abortion as an undesirable but sometimes required action -- so when it comes to the termination of unborn babies, Obama is the extreme one.
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