Discussions on how the presidential elections will impact the issue of abortion tend to be focused on what type of Supreme Court Justices the next President will appoint. It is important to remember that the President plays an important role in terms of abortion beyond just judges. This can be clearly seen in the last two Presidents.
President Clinton vetoed a ban on partial birth abortion twice, once in 1995 and once in 1997. On the other hand real progress has been made under President Bush. Bush has signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. The next President will continue to play a major role when it comes to abortion. A McCain Presidency will solidify the slow but steady advances of the pro-life movement. An Obama Presidency alone would be enough to thwart any additional advances, but combined with Democrats in control of the Senate and House, the advances under President Bush would be aggressively repealed. As a Senator, Obama has already sought to invalidate current laws which place limits on abortions. He has joined with Senators Kerry and Clinton in co-sponsoring the “Freedom of Choice Act.”
The Freedom of Choice Act seeks to invalidate federal, state, and local limitations. Parental notification laws and laws restricting government funding of abortion are just some of the laws that Obama is seeking to throw out. Let’s be clear, not only is Obama pro-choice, but he doesn’t believe in limitations on abortion.
Pro-life voters need to do more to inform the public of Obama’s far left position on abortion and how it contrasts with the pro-life position of John McCain.