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BY The Editors
As his April 29 100-day mark nears, we have compiled
President Obama’s abortion record, starting with his days as an Illinois state
senator. Thanks to Derrick Jones at the National Right to Life Committee and
other pro-life leaders in Washington for their help.
28, 2001: Voted “No” to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in the Illinois
Senate Judiciary Committee.
6, 2002: Voted “No” to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in the Illinois
Senate Judiciary Committee.
4, 2002: Voted “No” to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act on the Illinois
13-14, 2003: Voted “No” to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in the
Illinois Senate after voting for an amendment that made it identical to the
federal law of the same name.
100% pro-abortion record in U.S. Senate.
17, 2007: Tells Planned Parenthood, “Well, the first thing I’d do, as
president, is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act,” which would wipe out all
state laws regulating abortion.
2, 2008: Obama campaign releases an ad putting abortion in the center of its
24, 2008: Names Melody Barnes domestic policy advisor; she previously served on
the boards of both Emily’s List and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
1, 2008: Nominates Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of State. Planned
Parenthood’s Cecile Richards praises the pick on abortion grounds, saying:
“Sen. Clinton understands that women’s quality of life directly affects the
major issues confronting the globe: national security, environmental
sustainability and global poverty.”
11, 2008: Nominates Sen. Tom Daschle as Health and Human Services head. Nancy
Keenan, president of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) Pro-Choice
America, says: “We appreciate his recent efforts to help defeat two abortion
bans in South Dakota. We had a good working relationship with him.”
12, 2008: Appoints Jeanne Lambrew to become the deputy director of the White
House Office of Health Reform. A Planned Parenthood statement quoted by
LifeNews.com says: “She is one of the leading health-policy experts in the
country, and someone who is an advocate for” abortion.
5, 2009: Appointed David Ogden deputy attorney general; he’s a pornography
lawyer who opposed the Children’s Internet Protection Act and has also fought
for Planned Parenthood.
5, 2009: Appointed Dawn Johnsen assistant attorney general for the Office of
Legal Counsel; she’s a former legal director for NARAL Pro-Choice America.
5, 2009: Appointed Thomas Perrelli associate attorney general. He was counsel
to Michael Schiavo, who sought and received permission to starve and dehydrate
his wife to death during Holy Week 2005.
23, 2009: Reversed the Mexico City Policy, allowing taxpayer dollars to go to
organizations that perform and promote abortions overseas. In a Gallup
Poll, just 35% approved of the action, making it his least popular move as
president so far.
23, 2009: Released a statement pledging to work with Congress to restore
funding to the U.N. Population Fund. In 2002, Secretary of State Colin Powell
requested that Congress halt the funding, tying it to China’s “program of
17, 2009: Signs stimulus package into law. The new law will fundamentally
change the standard that Medicare follows in paying for medical care and, in so
doing, may place seniors at risk of not receiving necessary, life-sustaining
28, 2009: Nominates Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a pro-abortion extremist who has
been publicly rebuked by her bishop and who has ties to Kansas abortionist
George Tiller, to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
4, 2009: Signs into law the SCHIP reauthorization. The Senate rejected an
amendment extending health benefits to the unborn. (As senator, Obama voted
against that amendment.) Under SCHIP, states are granted the authority to
decide which health plans and services can be offered to children. “It’s
alarming that this has happened with virtually no public debate,” said
Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute. “Many people do not understand the
implications of SCHIP as it is written.”
5, 2009: Holds a health-care summit; invites Planned Parenthood and Human
Rights Campaign but no pro-life groups.
6, 2009: Creates a new position and appoints pro-abortion activist Melanne
Verveer ambassador-at-large for Women’s Issues. Pro-lifers worry that the
position was created to “promote abortion and overturn pro-life laws in nations
across the world,” the Catholic News Agency reports.
9, 2009: Obama overturned President Bush’s restrictions on embryonic stem-cell
research. Now, money from taxpayers can go to scientists who do fatal research
on human beings created for the purpose. Obama stopped the Bush preference for
proven, moral adult stem-cell therapies.
10, 2009: The Obama administration’s Health and Human Services department opens
a 30-day review period with an eye to challenging freedom-of-conscience rights
that help Catholic doctors opt out of practices they deem immoral.
17, 2009: Nominates David Hamilton U.S. circuit judge for the 7th Circuit; he’s
a former ACLU leader who blocked pro-life legislation as a Clinton-appointed
7, 2008: Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff; he earned a 100% pro-abortion voting
record as a U.S. representative.
22, 2008: Ellen Moran, White House communications director; she was executive
director of the pro-abortion political committee Emily’s List.
17, 2008: Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, Interior secretary; he scored only 28%
with the National Right to Life Committee.
17, 2008: Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Agriculture secretary; Iowa Right to Life
Committee Executive Director Kim Lehman, citing his record, said: “We
definitely consider him anti-life.”
12, 2009: Leon Panetta, CIA director; as a U.S. representative in 1990 he
co-sponsored the Freedom of Choice Act.