The Obama campaign has announced that, beginning the week of September 22, a team of Obama surrogates (including Pepperdine University law school Prof. Douglas Kmiec, evangelical author Donald Miller, and former Congressman Tim Roemer of Indiana) will travel from state to state on a “Faith, Family and Values Tour,” seeking the votes of religiously committed Americans for the Obama-Biden ticket.
According to one report on BeliefNet, the surrogates will be “doing grass-roots organizing for Obama in community centers (neutral sites –no houses of worship) and homes. The Tour will continue for weeks in most of the key battleground states.” Another article, on ChristianityToday.com, said that the states to be visited by the tour during the next month include Colorado, Indiana, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Florida, New Mexico, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The Obama surrogates assigned to this tour no doubt will try to persuade people of faith that Obama would “reduce abortions.” It is important to understand that Obama’s recently adopted “abortion reduction” spiel is just a public relations product cooked up at liberal think tanks like Third Way, where veteran pro-abortion activists specialize in developing strategies to help hard-core pro-abortion politicians camouflage their positions.
The real Obama is firmly committed to an agenda of hard-line pro-abortion policies that, if implemented, would greatly increase the numbers of abortions performed.
For example, by conservative estimate, there are more than one million Americans alive today because of the Hyde Amendment, which cut off federal funding for abortion starting in 1976. Even the Alan Guttmacher Institute (linked to Planned Parenthood) and NARAL admit that the Hyde Amendment (and the similar policies adopted by many states) have resulted in many babies being born who otherwise would have been aborted (the pro-abortion groups have put out papers complaining about this). So, the Hyde Amendment is a proven “abortion reduction” policy, big time. Obama, of course, advocates repeal of the Hyde Amendment — and he also wants to enact a mandatory national health insurance program that would also mandate coverage of abortion on demand.
Moreover, pro-life state laws — for example, women’s right to know laws, waiting periods, and parental notification laws — are saving countless lives, but Obama is a cosponsor of the so-called “Freedom of Choice Act
,” which would invalidate every one of these laws. On July 17, 2007, Obama told the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing that I’d do.”
Obama even advocates repeal of the national ban on partial-birth abortions (which the FOCA would also accomplish). And, as documented thoroughly by NRLC
, while a member of the Illinois state Senate, Obama led the opposition to legislation to provide protection and care for babies who are born alive during abortions.
I have faith that most “people of faith” are not so easily snookered.