18 May 2008

A 'One Issue' Candidate?

From time to time I have heard people say when you bring up the question of pro-abortion politicians that we shouldn't be focusing on just one issue.

An issue of life and death is rather an important one. And there is often the implication that pro-life people don't care what happens to a child after birth. I'm not quite sure where that comes from.

I don't believe that Barack Obama is a 'one issue' candidate but an article from the National Catholic Register quoted extensively in LifeNews.com ends thus:

Ultimately, NCR points out that Obama would make promoting abortion his top priority and first act as president.

"The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act,” he told Planned Parenthood last July about the bill that would overturn pro-life laws nationwide and legally enshrine abortion.

"That would make America more friendly to the abortion industry than any other country in the world," NCR says.

So Senator Obama sees the 'right' to abortion as a top priority issue, even if it's not his only issue.

The pro-abortion NARAL 'PRO-CHOICE' AMERICA endorsed Senator Obama on 14 May:

Washington, DC - Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released the following statement today, announcing that her organization's political action committee proudly endorses Sen. Barack Obama for president.

"Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC is proud to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president. Sen. Obama has been a strong advocate for a woman's right to choose throughout his career in public office. He steadfastly supports and defends a woman's right to make the most personal, private decisions regarding her reproductive health without interference from government or politicians.

A note on NARAL from Wikipedia, the online encylopedia:

The group was founded in 1968 by Bernard Nathanson, Larry Lader and Betty Friedan as the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws. Bernard Nathanson, like Sandra Cano a.k.a. "Mary Doe," is now a vocal pro-life activist. After Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared a constitutional right to privacy in reproductive decisions including abortion, it changed its name to National Abortion Rights Action League, then to National Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League, and in 2003 dropped the long form in favor of "NARAL Pro-Choice America."

It is to the credit of the citizens of the USA that so many of them see the importance of working to overturn the infamous Roe versus Wade decision by the US Supreme Court on 22 January 1973 that legalized abortion on demand. That decision has led to countless deaths. The fact that those on the pro-abortion side see retaining that decision as a priority shows in its own strage way that matters of fundamental morals do matter to the citizens of the USA.

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