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Obama on abortion rights


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http://www.sepiamutiny.com/sepia/archives/005180.html#comment203106

Well, countless examples of his softness on misogyny, and his active pushing of sexist memes about Hillary. Which is why I would be reluctant to support a Clinton/Obama ticket. Taking just ONE ‘women’s rights’ issue, abortion rights, this is just the beginning of what I have:
* He’s pro-parental choice – that’s one of the first slippery steps to curtailing abortion rights (better explained here: http://bitchphd.blogspot.com/2008/04/obama-supports-parental-consent-laws.html)

* He voted to stop a filibuster on Alito (a filibuster which Hillary supported)

* He’s said weirdly conciliatory things like “I believe that women should have some control over their bodies and themselves” and that the decision regarding abortion “generally is one that a woman should make.”

* At a Planned Parenthood conference, Obama emphasized the need for pro-choice groups to align themselves with religious and community groups that are also working on reducing unintended pregnancy (except that, those religious groups preach pregnancy-reduction via abstinence, and are strongly opposed to birth control)

* He voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago’s West Side (June 2002). His defence: he pushed the wrong button by mistake. During his eight years in state office, Obama hit the wrong button at least six times.

* And he’s often gone on record stating that pro-choicers “do not acknowledge the wrenching moral issues involved in [abortion…]”

* He was okay with Roberts at the supreme court, saying he admired Roberts’ intellect and if he were President, he wouldn’t want his nominees overturned on ideological grounds (I mean, of course, you should appoint your supreme court judges based on maybe their taste in music?). His own chief of staff had to point out to him that if he voted for Roberts, he’d be held accountable for every conservative vote Roberts made, which would be bad for his career. of course, as with Wright, when it came to potential aspersions on his character he voted against Roberts’ confirmation (more on his website: http://obama.senate.gov/press/050922-remarks_of_sena/), “Pete’s very good at looking around the corners of decisions and playing out the implications of them,” Obama said an interview when asked about that discussion. “He’s been around long enough that he can recognize problems and pitfalls a lot quicker than others can.”

* Some of his quotes on this issue (from http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2008/04/how-presidents-faith-can-affect-us-all.html):

“And what I have consistently talked about is to take a comprehensive approach where we focus on abstinence, where we are teaching the sacredness of sexuality to our children.”; “My view is, is that we should use whatever the best approaches are, the scientifically sound approaches are, to reduce this devastating disease [HIV/AIDS] all across the world. And part of that, I think, should be a strong education component and I think abstinence education is important.”;”I do think that — and I’ve said this when I was in Kenya — that there is a behavioral element to AIDS that has to be addressed. And if there is — if there’s promiscuity and we are pretending that that’s not an issue in spreading AIDS, then we’re missing part of the answer.”

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