Last night the only question President Abortion took on the issue was a well-crafted one by CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry that combined current events with a call to accountability on a campaign promise and a dig couched with humor:
In a couple of weeks, you’re going to be giving the commencement at Notre Dame. And, as you know, this has caused a lot of controversy among Catholics who are opposed to your position on abortion.
As a candidate, you vowed that one of the very things you wanted to do was sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which, as you know, would eliminate federal, state and local restrictions on abortion. And at that it was above – quote, “above my pay grade.”
Now that you’ve been president for 100 days, obviously, your pay grade is a little higher than when you were a senator.
Do you still hope that Congress quickly sends you the Freedom of Choice Act so you can sign it?
Obama’s answer surely riled abortion activists, because he came close, as he has done before, to saying what they abhor and deny: Abortion kills children….
And it riled pro-lifers like me on 3 points: 1) Obama admitted “abortion is a moral issue and an ethical issue” without saying (or being pressed to say) what exactly makes it so; 2) If what makes abortion a moral and ethical issue is that it kills children, why does Obama condone it? 3) If Obama still isn’t sure abortion kills children, why does he condone it?
Thus, note an example of Obama’s gift, chastening both ends of the political spectrum to speak as the middle of America thinks, even while taking hard left actions.
Obama also totally ignored the question on Notre Dame.
And Obama verbally renegged on a campaign promise, which was: “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act” to “Now, the Freedom of Choice Act is not highest legislative priority.”
I say “verbally” because Obama is trying to give pro-aborts what they wanted in FOCA without having to say so. As the Susan B. Anthony List stated in a press release yesterday on the occasion of Obama’s 100th day in office, “[T]he Obama Administration [has] fulfill[ed] 10 of 15 agenda items outlined in a December report from over 50 abortion-rights organizations submitted to the Obama-Biden transition team….”
Here is a CNN transcript of the Q&A, and there is a funny and Freudian typo, noticed by Twitter’s godandculture. The transcriber typed “unwanted presidencies” instead of “unwanted pregnancies.” Ain’t that the truth! Click to enlarge:
[HT: Dan McConchie of Americans United for Life]