President Clinton believed abortion should be "safe, rare; and legal." But Clinton also believed in a work requirement in his welfare reform bill.
President Obama apparently disagrees on both counts.
After unilaterally allowing states to waive the central pillar of the landmark and bipartisan 1996 welfare reform act -- the work requirement -- Obama has also proven himself to be a wild-eyed extremist on the issue of abortion and way out of step with at least two-thirds of the American people. And his convention platform backs this extremism up.
In 2008, the Democrat Party platform on abortion read this way:
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.
Obama was in charge of the Democrat Party in 2008, and there's been no scuttlebutt whatsoever about any change that might include an exception for children who are already partially born and very much alive -- but still aborted. The practice known as partial-birth abortion is infanticide -- nothing more, nothing less. It's a horrifying procedure (more here) that over two-thirds of Americans believe should be illegal.
And there's little hope the 2012 platform will calibrate towards sanity and include this exception. After all, Obama is still in charge of the Democrat Party, and while running for the U.S. Senate in 2003, Obama defended late-term abortion:
Worse still, as a state senator in Illinois, Obama opposed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act and in his defense said something that should put a chill up every mother's spine:
There wasn't any question about what was happening. The abortions were going wrong. The babies weren't cooperating. They wouldn't die as planned. Or, as Illinois state senator Barack Obama so touchingly put it, there was "movement or some indication that, in fact, they're not just coming out limp and dead."
No, Senator. They wouldn't go along with the program. They wouldn't just come out limp and dead.
They were coming out alive. Born alive. Babies. Vulnerable human beings Obama, in his detached pomposity, might otherwise include among "the least of my brothers." But of course, an abortion extremist can't very well be invoking Saint Matthew, can he? So, for Obama, the shunning of these least of our brothers and sisters - millions of them - is somehow not among America's greatest moral failings.
But not Barack Obama. As an Illinois state senator, he voted to permit infanticide. And now, running for president, he banks on media adulation to insulate him from his past.
The record, however, doesn't lie.
Infanticide is a bracing word. But in this context, it's the only word that fits. Obama heard the testimony of a nurse, Jill Stanek. She recounted how she'd spent 45 minutes holding a living baby left to die.
Via The Weekly Standard, here's the chilling audio of Obama speaking those words:
The same media currently killing themselves to tie an idiotic statement made by a Missouri Senate candidate to Mitt Romney did everything in its corrupt power to protect Obama from his own statement and voting record in 2008 and is engaging in the same coverup now.
Here's something else the corrupt media is covering up about Obama's abortion extremism -- Obama's actions as recently as 2008:
Obama's 2008 endorsement of late-term abortion bans also appeared to be in conflict with his support for the Freedom of Choice Act. In 2007, Obama cosponsored the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would strike down restrictions on abortion at the state and federal level. The bill stated that all abortions must be legal before "viability" for any reason and that abortions must be legal until birth if a woman's health is at risk. FOCA does not contain a definition of "health," therefore "anything an abortionist says is related to 'health' is sufficient," according to Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee. "A state would not be able to adopt any limiting definition (for example, defining 'health' to exclude emotional distress), because that would be to narrow and infringe on the federally guaranteed right which FOCA would establish. The entire purpose of FOCA is to prohibit any narrowing of the federally guaranteed right -- for example, by requiring parental notification, or by refusing to fund abortions."
There's a culture of life and a culture of death, and the man leading the charge in the culture of death is the same man who just took over our entire health care system.
Who's the real extremist? The man who won't stand up to oppose aborting a live child already partially born or the ticket that believes in protecting life but is in favor of the rape, incest, and life-of-mother exceptions?
Like Medicare, this is another debate the Romney Campaign should be eager to have and is, thankfully, starting to engage on.
The only extremist on this issue is Obama, which is why the media is working so hard to focus all of their fire on Todd Akin and la-dee-da a president who is on record supporting infanticide.
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