Obama's Pledge to Planned Parenthood: “I Will Not Yield”
(Hat tip: Diocese of Toledo's Catholic Chronicle)
Keeping with the today's Obama theme, comes this story from Catholic News Agency:
Washington DC, Feb 28, 2008 / 06:15 am (CNA).- On Wednesday a full transcript of Democrat presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama’s July 2007 speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in which he vigorously defended legalized abortion became available.(emphasis and editorial commentary added)
In the July 17 speech, Obama attacked the Supreme Court decision that upheld the federal partial-birth abortion ban and the nomination of Supreme Court justices who favor overturning Roe v. Wade. In the speech the senator said, "There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield." [ED.: "Post-partisan" indeed. The guy's a typical left-liberal Democrat hewing to the Democrat Party's pro-abortion orthodoxy. There is nothing about the man - apart from his flowery rhetoric that sends people who should know better into flights of fancy - that indicate that he is a "different kind of politician" bringing a "new kind of politics".]
He specifically argued against the Supreme Court decision Gonzales v. Carhart, which upheld restrictions on partial-birth abortion. [ED.: Keeping with his general support for infanticide, of course. (NOTE that the late Democrat Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan referred to this procedure as "too close to infanticide".)]
“For the first time in Gonzales versus Carhart,” Obama said, “the Supreme Court held—upheld a federal ban on abortions with criminal penalties for doctors. For the first time, the Court’s endorsed an abortion restriction without an exception for women’s health. The decision presumed that the health of women is best protected by the Court—not by doctors and not by the woman herself. That presumption is wrong.” [ED.: See CourageMan's excellent contribution debunking this nonsense in the comments.]
He warned abortion supporters that the partial-birth abortion ban should not be construed as an isolated effort, saying it was wrong to presume the law was “not part of a concerted effort to roll back the hard-won rights of American women.” [ED.: Who's playing on people's fears now? Surely not the Obamessiah of "Audacious Hope™"?]
The senator said he had a long tradition of support for legalized abortion, citing his efforts in the Illinois State Senate and his classes as a law professor. “I have worked on these issues for decades now,” he said. “I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional Law. Not simply as a case about privacy but as part of the broader struggle for women’s equality.” [ED.: Imagine that. A typical left-liberal Democrat putting Roe v. Wade at the center of his ideology. Who'd 'a thunk it.]
The dissent of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Gonzales v. Carhart won praise from Obama [ED.: You mean the dissent that was nothing short of a full-fledged brief for infanticide? Yeah, "stick 'em in a closet and let 'em die of exposure" Moloch Obama would praise something like that.] while Justice Anthony Kennedy, who spoke for the majority, was held up for ridicule.
Obama also depicted his opponents as divisive, saying, “They want us to believe that there’s nothing that unites us as Americans—there’s only what divides us. They’ll seek out the narrowest and most divisive ground.” [ED.: Yeah, the left hasn't been the least bit narrow and divisive over the past 8 years.]
Senator Obama said he was “absolutely convinced that culture wars are so nineties,” saying it was “time to turn the page.” [ED.: Hey, those of you with traditional values, what's ours is ours and what's yours will soon be ours. So get over it and shut the @#%& up!]
“We’re tired about arguing about the same ole’ stuff,” he continued. [ED.: Can't we stop talking about all those icky dead babies and move on to more important matters like the minimum wage and farm subsidies?] And I am convinced we can win that argument. If the argument is narrow, then oftentimes we lose.” [ED.: If the focus is on all those icky dead babies, then there's the risk that we can be exposed as supporting a monstrous genocide.]
But, you know, "apart from the life issues", the guy's "a Catholic natural".
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
"Why American Catholics are Supporting Barack Obama"
Former Head of "Catholics for a Free Choice" and So-Called "Philosopher of Abortion Movement" Says Obama A Better Choice than Hillary
Sen. Moloch H. Obama Celebrates Abortion, Warns Supreme Court Could Reverse Roe
National Catholic Register: "Religious" Democrat Barack Obama Sticks to the Abortion Line
Litmus Test: Democrat Candidates Demand Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Justices
Obama, Clinton Slam Supreme Court on Abortion Ruling
Democratic Candidates for President Give Unanimous Pro-Abortion Views
During First Debate, Democrats Back Abortion, Criticize Efforts to Save Terri Schiavo
Reaction to Court’s Abortion Ruling Falls Along Predictable Party Lines
The Dissenters' Reasoning & Its Logical Conclusion
Regular Guy Paul on Barack Obama: "Nice is Different Than Good"