It was one year ago today that Barack Obama spoke at a Planned Parenthood Action Fund event, uttering the now infamous line, “Well, the first thing I’d do as president is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. [Applause.] That’s the first thing that I’d do.”
You can view the entire 24-minute speech here or watch this clip:
Obama made his remark in response to a question from the audience…
Um, as you were talking about earlier, the recent Bush Supreme Court’s decision really took away critically important decisions from women and put them in the hands of politicians. And as a result of this, we’re expecting, and have already seen, so much anti-choice legislation at the state level. Um, what would you do at the federal level not only to ensure access to abortion but to make sure that the judicial nominees that you will inevitably be able to pick are true to the core tenets of Roe v. Wade?
Obama was answering that he believed FOCA would combat “anti-choice legislation at the state level” and take judges out of the abortion debate. That it would, on steroids. It would overturn all 300+ local, state, and federal abortion restriction laws, such as the Partial Birth Abortion Ban.
How can a candidate claiming he wants to prevent abortions want to overturn every common sense abortion restriction? That’s like saying one wants to stop pollution by overturning all anti-pollution laws.
Don’t believe me? Read FOCA for yourself. I’ll make it easy (click to enlarge):
Note “health” is not defined in this bill, of which Obama is already a cosponsor. This would fly in the face of Obama’s statement to Relevant magazine July 1 that he thinks the definition of “health” should be “strict, well-defined.”
In fact, Obama’s support of FOCA flies in the face of his entire statement to Relevant…
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.
… since FOCA would overturn those state laws he says he finds “appropriate.”
Here are 2 major flip flops Obama is still flipping and flopping on, depending on his audience. Where’s MSM?