Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Obama's Votes Against Abortion Survivors Defended: With Friends Like These...

Dana Goldstein, a proud promoter of abortion, even the particularly gruesome procedure known generally as partial-birth abortion, takes space on the blog RH Reality Check to defend Barack Obama from "the beginnings of a conservative smear campaign against Obama's very real history of support for reproductive freedom."

She writes,"During the operation, the fetus' skull is capsized inside of the woman, after which labor is induced and she delivers the fetus. It is a wrenching process, but one that allows a woman or couple to grieve and bring closure to a pregnancy by holding the intact fetus. It also decreases scarring, bleeding, and pain inside of a woman's uterus and vagina.

"The antis want to redefine these fetuses as 'born alive' and require that doctors provide 'resuscitation.' As a state senator, Obama saw BAIPA [Born Alive Infants Protection Act] for what it was: an ideologically-motivated ploy to vilify women and doctors who choose abortion. On the state Senate floor on April 4, 2002, he explained, 'This issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births. Because if there are children being born alive, I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who is in that room is going to make sure that they're looked after.'"...

Ms. Goldstein shares Obama's faith in abortion doctors, later describing them as "caring medical professionals who perform abortions because they are committed to serving women."

She closes her post with this warning, "It is to Barack Obama's credit that, as an Illinois state senator, he voted against BAIPA twice, and then, as chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee in 2003, prevented it from advancing to the floor. It would be naive to believe that a few 'present' votes will make social conservatives forget Obama's pro-choice advocacy on this issue. Indeed, they plan to peel moderate and Republican support away from Obama by painting him as a heartless politician who closed his ears to the cries of 'abortion survivors...'"

Well, he did close his ears to the cries of abortion survivors. And, to most Americans, that's as clear and as callous an act of irresponsibility as one could find.

Therefore, every article that delineates his record on this matter will indeed "peel" support away from the Illinois Senator. In fact, with a few more defenses of Barack Obama of the kind Ms. Goldstein has written, the "social conservatives" won't have to lift a pen.