Abortion was brought up at the Messiah College Compassion Forum that Clinton and Obama attended (I’ll blog more about it in another post) and he was asked how there can be common ground on abortion and of course he had no real answer because there isn’t common ground between a candidate who supports infanticide and those who want abortions outlawed.
As firmly as Casey (Pa.) and Roemer (Ind.) have adhered to their opposition, Obama has never supported a single measure that would curtail access to abortion — even under controversial circumstances. But Casey and Roemer have chosen to ignore Obama’s legislative record, and are promoting the Democratic presidential candidate to their antiabortion allies as someone who could achieve a new consensus on the issue. “He has the unique skills to try to lower the temperature and foster a sense of common ground, and try to figure out ways that people can agree,” Casey said, although the freshman senator added, “On this issue, it’s particularly hard.”
Asked last night at a nationally televised forum on religious and moral values if there can be “common ground” on abortion, Obama said that “people of good will can exist on both sides.” With Casey watching from the audience at Messiah College outside Harrisburg, Pa., he added that while there will always be irreconcilable differences between opponents and supporters of abortion rights, “we can take some of the edge off the debate.”
Despite his opposition to abortion, Roemer said he has come to believe that the all-or-nothing approach that both parties have advocated over the years has created gridlock across the policy spectrum, from health care to international policy. He called the old style “tin cans on the back of a car.” With Obama, Roemer said, “the first words out of his mouth aren’t ‘People should be free to do whatever they want.’ He leaves open the possibility that there are other ways to address some of these issues.”
The guide, posted on the group’s Web site, notes that Obama voted against parental notification laws. When the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 last year to uphold a 2003 ban on a procedure that some call “partial-birth” abortion, he objected to the ruling as representing “an alarming willingness on the part of the conservative majority to disregard its prior rulings respecting a woman’s medical concerns and the very personal decisions between a doctor and patient.”
Roemer sounds like he’s never talked to a pro-choice politician before. What is different about Obama’s answer? “People should be free to do whatever they want” is what all pro-choice advocates say to support their right to kill the unborn. What other ways does he expect this to be addressed? And how does he get “He leaves open the possibility that there are other ways to address some of these issues” from what Obama said? What other ways?
Obama’s pro-life supporters are going to get a pro-abortion president who won’t change his position one iota when he gets in office and every pro-choice voter is counting on that fact. What the pro-life Obamanite is doing is conceding on this issue and giving up the fight (at the federal level) for life. Everyone needs to just be honest about it.
There is no common ground and Obama knows it, he will continue to support the right of women to have abortions, even through the last trimester and he will no doubt even fund abortions for those who can’t afford them. That is the reality of the situation. And that is what pro-life Obamanites will be supporting if they vote for him.