From: Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families
Date: Friday, February 22, 2000
One month ago, tens of thousands of young Americans came to Washington for the annual march in defense of the sanctity of human life. It was an impressive sight to see so many youth willing to brave the cold to keep fighting against Roe vs. Wade 35 years after the Supreme Court issued that terrible decision. In the years since, millions of innocent unborn children have been aborted and countless women exploited.
Senator Barack Obama took time out from the campaign trail to issue a statement while pro-life marchers were standing up for life. The candidate of “hope” and “change” apparently wants no change when it comes to Americaâ€™s current abortion-on-demand regime and, sadly, he offers no hope to the unborn. Here is what he said:
“Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, itâ€™s never been more important to protect a womanâ€™s right to choose. Last year, the Supreme Court decided by a vote of 5-4 to uphold the Federal Abortion Ban, and in doing so undermined an important principle of Roe v. Wade: that we must always protect womenâ€™s health.
“With one more vacancy on the Supreme Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a womenâ€™s fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe v. Wade. The next president may be asked to nominate that Supreme Court justice. That is what is at stake in this election.
“Throughout my career, Iâ€™ve been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
“When South Dakota passed a law banning all abortions in a direct effort to have Roe overruled, I was the only candidate for President to raise money to help the citizens of South Dakota repeal that law. When anti-choice protesters blocked the opening of an Illinois Planned Parenthood clinic in a community where affordable health care is in short supply, I was the only candidate for President who spoke out against it. And I will continue to defend this right by passing the Freedom of Choice Act as president.”
The idea of a “President Obama,” with a perfect 100% pro-abortion rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL, choosing our next Supreme Court justice, or the next two or three Supreme Court justices, ought to be enough to send every conservative who cares about the sanctity of life running to the polls in November.
Pro-Lifers For Obama?
Yesterday, I noted that recent polling data shows John McCain beating Hillary Clinton but narrowly trailing Barack Obama. The Illinois senatorâ€™s charisma is no doubt largely responsible for his popularity, but other polling data points to a potentially serious problem. According to LifeNews.com, Obama is polling better with pro-life voters than Hillary Clinton is, even though Barack may well be further to the left than Hillary on many issues, including abortion.
For example, looking at polling data among pro-life voters in Wisconsin, John McCain gets 65% of the vote, compared to just 27% for Hillary â€“ a 38- point advantage for McCain. Against Obama, however, there is a ten-point swing, with McCain favored 60%-to-32% among pro-life voters. According to LifeNews.com, the same disparity has been recorded in polling in Virginia and Iowa.
One possible explanation is that Hillary is a “known quantity,” while Obama is a “blank slate” to many voters. If that is the case, the pro-life, pro- family movement needs to step-up its voter education efforts immediately!
Toward that goal, CWF has recently posted on our website a quick comparison sheet highlighting the stark contrasts between John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on some key pro-family, pro-life issues. You can check it out at http://www.cwfpac.com Click the homepage link under “Where Do They Stand?”