Few Americans Know Barack Obama's Real
Position on Abortion Part One of
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First, a quick thanks to all of you
who have read this week's series on pro-abortion Sen. Barack Obama and
pro-life Sen. John McCain and took the time to respond at
Since there are more components to this discussion than even I thought, this
dialogue will extend into next week. Let me complete this week with a
As I've explained many times in this
space, there are a ton of people, good people, who have been so caught up in
the "audacity of hope" that their first instinct is to respond defensively,
when not angrily, to any substantive discussion of Obama's rhetoric and
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What we've done this week--and will
continue to do next week--is to ask the crowds marching in the streets to
look to their right and to their left--to read and to hear what Obama writes
and says about abortion (on demand) and what legal status he believes a baby
who survives an abortion deserves (none).
Truth be told a huge swathe of the
American public simply does not know Senator Obama's position on abortion,
and that would include many swept up in Obama's "authenticity." Consider the
following confusion, which will be clarified, if you help.
Bottom line: Obama is an
abortion-on-demand guy. Rhetorically, he is all warm and fuzzy.
His voting record is brutal. This is a
truth known to only a small percentage of the American public.
In June The Polling Company asked 800
likely voters a couple of questions which illuminate the darkness. First,
respondents were asked, "Do you think Sen. Barack Obama is pro-life or
pro-choice on abortion?"
Only 44% said Obama was pro-choice
while 43% said they didn't know. Amazingly, 10% said he was pro-life.
On this baseline question, 53% (43% +
10%) didn't know that Obama was "pro-choice" or actually thought he's
Responses to a more detailed question
demonstrated that the confusion goes much deeper.
The respondents were asked, "Which of
the following statements most closely reflects Barack Obama's position on
abortion?" Only a tiny minority came anywhere near understanding the depth
and breadth of Obama's support for abortion.
A total of 20% believed he took the
pro-life position: Abortion should be prohibited in all circumstances (4%);
legal only to save the life of the mother (6%); or legal only in cases of
rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother (10%).
A total of 29% said Obama's position
was that abortion would be legal for any reason, but not after the first
three months of pregnancy (12%) legal for any reason, but not after the
first six months of pregnancy (7%); or allowed at any time during a woman's
pregnancy and for any reason (10%).
A whopping 49% said they didn't know!
This significance of this confusion is
both clear and scary. A total of 69% of likely voters said either that Obama
took a pro-life position --20%-- or didn't know --49%. (And as noted,
another 12% incorrectly thought Obama supported abortion on demand but only
through the first three months.)
Put another way, only 10% of the
American public knows that Barack Obama believes abortion should be legal at
any time and for any reason. Obama's wholly out-of-the mainstream position
is an uncomfortable truth for the junior senator from Illinois, one that his
campaign will continue to try to keep covered up.
I hope you will spread the word. Your
help in getting the truth out is indispensable.
Please send me your comments at
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