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August 20, 2009

Obama: Claim that ObamaCare Would Fund Abortions a "Fabrication" and (Wait... for... It...) a "Distraction"
Video Update: It Wasn't a Distraction When He Made Promises to Planned Parenthood in 2007

Let me be clear: As I have always said, any issue that I'm trying to vote present on is a distraction.

In a late Wednesday conference call with several left-wing faith groups that supported his presidential bid, President Barack Obama claimed it is a "fabrication" and "distraction" to say abortion funding is included in the health care reform plans pending in Congress.

He said it is false to suggest that the government-run health care plan he favors would result in "government funding of abortions," and that this is "untrue."

Several pro-life organizations were quick to pick up on the comments and expose how the health care bills could result in the greatest expansion of abortion funding since the 1970s.

"Obama deliberately misled the American people by dismissing the concerns of millions of Americans who have deep moral objections to their tax dollars paying for abortions," Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said. "With this President, you must look at his actions because his rhetoric doesn't match his deeds."

Perkins said Obama "knows very well that pro-abortion House and Senate Committees rejected every single amendment to keep abortion funding out of the health care overhaul."

"Instead, the House Energy and Commerce Committee adopted the Capps Amendment, which allows abortion coverage in the public health plan, and subsidizes health plans that cover abortion," he added.

Perkins told if objections to the taxpayer-financed abortions in the health care bill are a "distraction" that Obama should end it by calling on Congress to amend the bills so they result in no abortion funding.

I wonder if Douglas Kmiec, a guy I frankly never heard of at all until, like Kathleen Parker, he started being hailed as an "important conservative voice supporting Obama," has second thoughts. He's always claiming, apparently, that Obama's kinda pro-life or something.

This is obvious, but it's one thing to expect pro-life people to tolerate a law that permits (and even encourages) a procedure they find morally repugnant and a kissing cousin of murder. It's a whole new level of arrogance to insist they also support this with their own money, making them unwilling partners in the abortion industry.

Obama has a thoughtful, nuanced, handsome answer to this: "I won."

Which part of the "I won" didn't you understand, the "I," the "won," or the implicit "die in a fire"?

Let Me Be Clear, As I Have Always Said, Abortion Funding is Not in My Health Care Plan, and, As I Have Also Always Said, Abortion Funding is "At the Center and Heart of" My Health Care Plan: In a question specifically about abortion funding, at Planned Parenthood, he says "reproductive care" which will provide "all essential services" is "at the center and heart" of his plan.

Thanks to Michael in MI.

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