Relevant magazine must certainly be enjoying its 15 minutes. The backlash continues re: statements Obama made in a July 1 interview with the liberal Christian publication. I’ve previously dissected his “mental distress” and “Born Alive” comments, but Obama touched on 2 other topics that has pro-aborts fuming: partial birth abortion and abstinence education. On pba he said:
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I have repeatedly said that I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother.

Obama must have repeatedly said that only to the pandering pro-abort in the mirror, because stalwarts were taken aback. They considered Obama’s comment a direct assault on partial birth abortion.
Former Planned Parenthood CEO Gloria Feldt published a piece July 9 and 10 in both the Huffington Post and RH Reality Check explaining why she dissed a July 9 NY funder for Obama and voided her $4,600 donation check…

… So, despite my still-raw feelings about Hillary’s concession, I was prepared to go forward this week and commit full support to Obama.
Then the danger signs started….
During the last two weeks, the thunderclouds of doubt have gathered ever more ominously until they cast Obama’s character into serious question….
By the time he started parsing what reasons for abortion the law may deem acceptable or not… and sounding for all the world like he was withdrawing his long held opposition to the federal abortion ban, I was seriously questioning whether this man would have the necessary mettle to withstand any challenges at all. Or worse, is he just another politician swaying with the winds and running for cover at the hint of a little thunder?
He’d obviously allowed the anti-choice misstatement of the abortion ban’s provisions to frame his answer, when any lawyer ought to know that buying into your adversary’s argument is guaranteed to doom your own….

“Federal abortion ban” is what pro-aborts call the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, btw. This seems like a good time for a commercial break:
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Back to our story, reported The Politico yesterday:

For the past week, some activists in the abortion rights community have been trying to figure out why Barack Obama, a Democrat praised for his strong defense of reproductive rights, appeared to be turning soft.
Those who work on the front lines of the abortion debate couldn’t quite believe what they were hearing: Obama, in an interview with a Christian magazine, seemed to reject a mental health exception to the ban on late-term abortions. They feared that Obama, like Democrat John Kerry in 2004, was adopting a view favored by abortion opponents to appeal to conservatives.
After days of examining his initial comments and a subsequent clarification that he supports a mental health exception – as long as the woman suffers a diagnosed illness and is not just “feeling blue” – some activists are satisfied, while others are far from it or just plain confused….
“The e-mails were just going back and forth,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation….
The reaction to Obama’s statement revealed a divide in the abortion rights community, one that closely tracks the allegiances formed during the Democratic Party’s protracted primary election fight. While NOW and the Feminist Majority voiced concern over Obama’s abortion remarks, two of the largest organizations dedicated to reproductive rights took a different tack and backed up Obama.

Last paragraph, interesting. And pro-aborts need not worry about Obama. He may talk soft but will never actually go soft. He takes Viabortionagra every day.
It was Obama’s comment on abstinence in Relevant that was “the last straw” for Feldt, “when he gratuitously offered up language coded to out-triangulate any triangulating he had ever accused Hillary of doing”:

So, if we are continuing what has been a promising trend in the reduction of teen pregnancies, through education and abstinence education giving good information to teenagers. That is important-emphasizing the sacredness of sexual behavior to our children. I think that’s something that we can encourage.

Note Obama didn’t say the word “sex” before the first “education.” sex sex sex.jpgAnd I know what he really meant in terms of future policy. He’ll continue to support comprehensive sex ed that he’ll tout as also teaching abstinence. But the other side didn’t even like Obama even inferring there was any value to abstinence education.
[Top graphic courtesy of Stanek commenter Cranky Catholic]