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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Obama's abortion record telltale, says Catholic group


A Catholic pro-life group warns Catholics and Evangelicals that a vote for Barack Obama is "a vote for the radical agenda of Planned Parenthood." The Democratic presidential nominee recently blasted his anticipated November opponent, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), for saying he hopes to see Roe v. Wade overturned and appoint justices in the mold of Sam Alito and John Roberts.


Flanked by Hillary Clinton at a "Women for Obama" rally in New York, Obama welcomed the endorsement of Planned Parenthood and boasted he had a 100-percent approval rating from the abortion advocacy group compared to rival McCain's zero-percent rating.


"I stand by my votes against confirming Justices Roberts and Alito," he stated to a cheering crowd. "I made it equally clear that I will never back down from making sure that women have their reproductive rights here in this country -- that's what's at stake in this election."


Brian Burch, president of the Catholic pro-life group Fidelis, says despite what Obama's surrogates may claim, the Illinois senator has supported abortion 100 percent of the time, and has pledged to do so if voters install him in the Oval Office.


"I think what you have to look at here is Obama's quotes and his record together, particularly where it matters," says Burch. "Not in TV interviews, not in fancy magazines, not where the media's able to spin his position in the way that they hope to -- but in front of the people that it matters most, namely Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and specifically as a legislator himself."


Burch says those who justify their support for Obama with the belief that he would enact policies to reduce abortions in America have yet to cite anything specific that he is willing to commit to in order to do that.


"We would never allow a candidate to receive our support who says 'I want to reduce the number of slaves in America -- but I am 100 percent committed to keep slavery legal,'" the Catholic activist suggests. "We have to remember again what this is and what abortion is -- it is the taking of human life, it is destructive to women, [and] it's destructive to our country."


It is "supremely important," says Burch, for voters to put the issue of abortion at the top of their list when they head to the polls in November.


Contact: Jim Brown

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The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection for the disabled and the elderly.   Click here to learn more about the IFRL.