Sunday, April 27, 2008

Obama's partial-birth abortion lie

Update: Sorry, I was brain dead when I wrote this and said parental notification when I meant partial-birth abortion. The point of the post still stands.

I caught only part of the Barack Obama interview this morning on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. I regard Wallace as the best of the Sunday morning interviewers, but he missed an obvious follow-up when Obama said he was in favor of banning partial-birth abortion.

His final gaffe — and one that may make a few Republican commercials — came when Wallace challenged Obama to come up with real examples of bipartisanship and compromise on tough issues. He claimed he would have supported the partial-birth abortion ban if Congress had included an exception to protect the mother's health, which would have been used as a dodge around the ban in every instance

Democrats regularly say they are "for" a ban on partial-birth abortion as long as there's an exception for the mother's "health." Such a dodge regularly works to deceive reporters who don't understand the issue. Everybody in politics knows that such an exemption is such a massive loophole that it is no longer intellectually honest to call it a ban. Chris Wallace, I'm sure, knows this and may have been stunned that Obama so brazenly made this proclamation with a straight face.

Obama knows this as well. He knows that 70 to 80 percent of the American public favors a real ban on partial-birth abortion and he doesn't want to appear extreme. So, instead, he lies.

Here's the transcript of the interview.

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