Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Personal Aside: Obama-Kmiec’s Weaseling on Abortion Won’t Satisfy Anybody.


The other night on Bruce DuMont, I said that I’m not dismayed at Barack Obama’s changing his mind on some issues…because he is a very inexperienced candidate for president—even wobbly—and if he feels better about changing his mind…especially on instant meetings with the president of Iran without advance staff preparation…it’s better he changes. For that, I was ribbed by my fellow panelist Chris Robling as being wobbly…but actually for a politician who is very likely to be elected president to change if he sees the need is good. Besides, as one who has been a conservative since the days of Robert A. Taft I don’t need instruction from Mr. Roblling on when to be accommodating and when not to be.

It was about that time in the conversation that Cliff Kelley, an old friend, a talk show host on WVON, said that it was clear to him that abortion isn’t going to command the attention in this campaign that it has in the past. But now lo and behold, Obama is signaling a change in his stance on abortion! I take it this is the latest contribution from Obama’s number one Catholic sell-out, Doug Kmiec, who will do anything…AND I MEAN ANYTHING…to be named to the Supreme Court.

Obama has just publicized that he would support a ban on abortions afer 22 weeks—even if a woman sought the procedure because she was in “mental distress”—because “it’s not a matter of turning blue.” He said this to a liberal evangelical magazine “Relevant,” the editor of which was at the famous Obama-Kmiec meeting in Chicago.

Pro-lifers are not among those who are inclined to take half-a-loaf as a concession when the stakes are human life. And the way it looks, pro-aborts are just as adamant as they suspect that this weaseling by Obama is going to limit their precious right to kill the unborn.

So it is not surprising that Jan Crawford Greenburg, who used to write for the “Tribune” here and now reports for ABC-TV, says that the Kmiec-Obama stratagem means the duo is “trying to restrict abortions after 22 weeks to those women who have a serious disease or illness. But the law today also covers some women who are in ‘mental distress,’ those women who would suffer emotional and psychological harm without an abortion. And ever since Roe v. Wade they’ve never had to show this. Now apparently with an Obama presidency, they may have to.

Concludes Greenburg: “So Obama, it seems to me, still is backing away from what the law says—and backing away from a proposed federal law (of which he is a co-sponsor) that envisions a much broader definitioni of mental health than the one he laid out this week.”

Thus he veers into the matter of abortion for weaseling. He’s already changed positions on many statements he made in the primaries—such as first saying he’d take matching funds, then not; first promising to pull all the troops out of Iraq within 16 months, now he’s saying the timetable could change.

Actually, what Obama has to say about these changes is inconsequential since he has gone on record for infanticide—personally killing the Born Live act in the Illinois legislature which would have granted a baby born as result of a botched abortion access to nutrition and medical care. Instead, his killing the bill and Michelle Obama’s steadfast defense of his action, means that they are on the side of infanticide unless they clarify this…and it doesn’t look like they will—because he has to acknowledge that his stand in the legislature was wrong, a stand which was ratified by Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. one of his top supporters.

I am not saying that the Sleepy Eye of the electorate is fluttering open…but it will at some stage—and I don’t think his changes on the Iraq pullout will be significant or his willingness to participate in the campaign reform act.

What will cause him great pain is this waffling on abortion—and I say it as a pro-lifer. How long do we have to wait until politicians realize that there is utterly no waffling or evasion on that issue? Obama has crusaded as a pro-abort. It would be infinitely wiser for him to stick with it rather than change now.

But wobble he will and in doing so may cause the Sleepy Eye to open and stare fixedly for a significant time.

It would be the height of irony, would it not, that the most pro-abort candidate ever to run for president…one who has even opposed live babies being saved from death…critically injures himself with the abortion rights community because they feel he is an opportunist.

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