Obama Abortion Flip-Floppery; NARAL Rode Hard and Put to Bed Wet

And to think, I feared that things would be less fun after the primaries were over. This went out on the Wire Service That Must Not Be Named about an hour ago. Allah caught it.

Obama moved a little to the right on abortion—while talking to a Christian magazine, of course. Gotta tailor the message for the audience.

In an interview this week with “Relevant,” a Christian magazine, Obama said prohibitions on late-term abortions must contain “a strict, well defined exception for the health of the mother.”

Obama then added: “Now, I don’t think that ‘mental distress’ qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.”

NARAL, the pro-abortion group that upset Democratic feminists in May by choosing to endorse Obama instead of Clinton, must be feeling a little used. That doesn’t stop it from asking for more:

The official position of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group that endorsed Obama in May, states: “A health exception must also account for the mental health problems that may occur in pregnancy. Severe fetal anomalies, for example, can exact a tremendous emotional toll on a pregnant woman and her family.”[…]

“Sen. Obama has consistently said he supports the tenets set forth by Roe, and has made strong statements against President Bush’s Federal Abortion Ban, which does not have an exception to protect a woman’s health,” the organization’s statement said.

Allah thinks Obama’s only talking about late-term abortions. Click over to read his unnecessary slam at Professor Doug Kmiec and to answer his exit question: what must Clinton think now?

Update: Allah responds in the comments (at Ace’s), writing:

Kmiec’s apologias for Obama on abortion have been beyond embarrassing. If he wants to support the guy because he’s against the war, fine, but he should lay off trying to paint him as though he’s some kind of social con. It’s Sullivan-esque.

Okay, so maybe I was the one making an unnecessary slam. Sorry. Just didn’t like dragging Kmiec back onto the stage. Per Hollowpoint’s update, I see that Kmiec’s still putting himself there.

Incidentally, I don’t think his Obama support is about the war. I think it’s about McCain Derangement Syndrome. A man of Kmiec’s intelligence can’t just live with the cognitive dissonance. He has to attempt to reconcile his desire to vote against McCain with his conservative principles. The result is this weird support for Obama where all his explanations and excuses seem to ring false.


~ by Gabriel Malor on July 3, 2008.

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