Obama's Abortion Obfuscations
12:08 PM, Jul 7, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In a speech before Planned Parenthood last year, Barack Obama said that he was well-equipped to defend a right to abortion because "I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional law." But during the past week, Obama has proven to be woefully ignorant of abortion law, or he has been deceiving voters about the legality of abortion, as well as his own position on the issue.
Last week, Obama told a Christian magazine: "I have repeatedly said that I think it's entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother. Now, I don't think that 'mental distress' qualifies as the health of the mother."
ABC's legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg wrote:
Indeed, Obama specifically cited a "serious physical issue"--as opposed to a mental issue--as the only acceptable exception to a late-term abortion ban. But then on Saturday, as Greenburg reports, Obama backtracked on that statement while further muddling his position:
Furthermore, Obama is the co-sponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act, which "refers to the key Supreme Court case on the issue, which was decided the same day as Roe v. Wade in 1973. In that case, Doe v Bolton, the Court said a doctor could decide to perform an abortion based on 'all factors-physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age-relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.'"
Are we really supposed to believe that Obama, the former editor of Harvard Law Review and onetime lecturer at the University of Chicago law school, doesn't understand Roe v. Wade and a bill that he's co-sponsoring?