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Obama and Abortion

At an off-the-record meeting, Steve Strang, a McCain supporter, asked Obama about abortion.

Since his response was “off-the-record,” I can say that the time he took to answer was probably 15 minutes. He came across as thoughtful and much more of a “centrist” than what I would have expected. He did not appear to be the crazy leftist that is being supported by George Soros and his radical leftist friends. Sen. Obama looked me in the eye as he answered my question, almost as if it were a one-on-one interview. I had already read the chapter on “faith” in his book the “Audacity of Hope.” If you want to know how he answered the question, read that chapter. In other words, other than his demeanor and obvious attempt to win over the Christian leaders in the room, he didn’t say anything new.

And Doug Kmiec is still spinning unconvincingly for his new candidate.

Obama said he earnestly wants to “discourage” the practice—despite the distortions of some who think if they affix the “pro-abortion—won’t overturn-Roe-label” to the senator, pro-lifers like myself won’t give him the time of day. Sorry, good friends, not this year.

Not to understand that there is more than one rather indirect and elusive judicial way to address an intrinsic evil understates the ingenuity of the devout. Describing the abortion decision as a “difficult, deeply moral one,” Obama sees it as one only the woman can make. Unless her choice affirms life that is not my Catholic view, and I told him so. But disagreement or not, it is abundantly clear from our conversation that Obama shares a common aspiration to reduce the incidence of abortion.

The next time Obama does an outreach event with conservative or moderate evangelicals or Catholics, I hope someone will ask him how his support for taxpayer-funded abortion squares with his earnest desire to reduce the incidence of the procedure. (Obama is a co-sponsor of the “Freedom of Choice Act.”) And do these folks that Mr. Thoughtful’s campaign can’t even bring itself to call them “pro-life,” instead using the term “anti-choice“?

One more thing: The bio line on Kmiec’s op-ed begins, “Douglas W. Kmiec, who was denied communion by a priest for endorsing Barack Obama . . .” Do we have anything other than’s Kmiec’s say-so that this event ever occurred? And is Kmiec planning to put it on his business cards from now on? (UPDATE: Deal Hudson has a partial answer.)

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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