Campaign Denies Obama Supports Abortion-on-Demand, But Can't Name One Restriction He Supports
2:08 AM, Oct 12, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Biden shot back, saying that Ryan has "argued that, in the case of rape or incest, it was still--it would be a crime to engage in having an abortion. I just fundamentally disagree with my friend." Debate moderator Martha Raddatz followed up with Ryan, asking if pro-choice Americans should be "worried" about Romney, but she didn't follow up with Biden.
In the spin room following the debate, I asked top Obama officials, as well as Planned Parenthood chief Cecille Richards, if Obama's position on abortion is as extreme as what Ryan claimed. The Obama campaign denied the president favored abortion without restriction, but top Obama officials Jim Messina, Stephanie Cutter, and David Axelrod could not name a single restriction the president supports.
Messina ended the exchange and moved on to another question.
Stephanie Cutter also said Obama supports some restrictions on abortion, but wouldn't say what they were:
David Axelrod similarly ducked questions. So I turned to Cecille Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood. "There already are restrictions on the books," she told me. But does the president support any of them? Richards said she didn't know. "I haven’t spoken to him about those," she replied.
In 2003, Barack Obama was asked if he was "all situations including the late term thing?" He answered in the affirmative.
The record doesn't appear to show that the president has ever supported any restriction on abortion. He opposes the Hyde amendment, which means he favors taxpayer funding of abortion. He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion. And he opposed parental consent laws. We'll let you know if the Obama team is able to come up with any evidence showing that Obama's position is anything short of taxpayer-funded abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.
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