NYTimes: Gets it wrong again

The New York Times gets it wrong….again.  In an editorial entitled, rather caustically, “The Right to Smear,”  the Times has this to say about the “lies” in a proposed ad speaking about Barack Obama’s position:

“It [the proposed ad] even employs an Obama-like voice pledging to make taxpayers pay for abortions, help minors conceal abortions from their parents, and legalize late-term abortions.  To spread these lies, the group wants an injunction against the election commission’s disclosure and spending rules . . .”

In reality, there’s not an untruth among those positions attributed to Obama that the Times singles out.  The ad in question is referring to pro-abortion policies which would be implemented under the so-called “Freedom of Choice Act,” which is co-sponsored by Illinois Senator Barack Obama.  Below is a letter to the Times editor, in response to the editorial, from our very own Douglas Johnson:

Dear Editor:

In “The Right to Smear” (Sept. 21), the Times hopes the federal courts
will block an ad that “even employs an Obama-like voice pledging to make
taxpayers pay for abortions, help minors conceal abortions from their
parents, and legalize late-term abortions.  To spread these lies, the
group wants an injunction . . .”

Obama is a cosponsor of the “Freedom of Choice Act” (S. 1173).  The
plain language of this bill invalidates restrictions on public funding
of abortions and laws requiring parental notification before an abortion
– points touted by the bill’s chief sponsors and supporting groups.  The
bill’s chief sponsors also proclaim that it would nullify the federal
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, the law actually referred to in the ad
script.  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.”  Obama has also voted consistently against restrictions on public
funding of abortion, and against requiring parental notification for
abortion.

Sincerely,
Douglas Johnson
Legislative Director
National Right to Life Committee

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One response to “NYTimes: Gets it wrong again

  1. it’s time for all Americans, Republicans, Democrats or Independents to rally support for the unborn and this proposed legislation, s.1173, the so called “Freedom of Choice Act”. I cannot believe that this bill will ever pass unless we alert the public to the long term effects of this bill. Thank God we had a president the last eight years that had the intestinal fortitude to stand up for what he believed. I fear that the newly elected president and congress are headed in the wrong direction.

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