.- The Christian Defense Coalition (CDC) has launched a campaign called âBarack Obama: The Abortion Presidentâ highlighting what it says is Sen. Barack Obamaâs position that taxpayers should fund abortions.
The Christian Defense Coalition claims that last year, according to the Chicago Tribune, Obama said his proposal for expanded access to health insurance would cover âreproductive health services.â An Obama spokesperson contacted afterward said that would include abortions.
The Obama campaignâs web site says the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee âhas been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President.â
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, in a press release criticized Obamaâs position, saying, "Senator Obama talks about bringing hope, faith and change to American politics. We now see this is all just political 'doublespeak.' One of his top priorities as President would be protecting abortion rights and even expanding them. If elected, Senator Obama would become 'The Abortion President,' with the most extremist policies on abortion of any President in history.â
"Senator Obama's views on abortion are so radical that he even wants American citizens to pay for themâ¦ This is not a candidate who is concerned about social justice, hope and equality,â Mahoney argued.
âRather, this is candidate who will continue the violence and pain of abortion and refuse to end this tragic war against America's women and children.â
Kaitlin Clare, Program Director at Christian Defense Coalition, told CNA that awareness of Obamaâs abortion record is âslim to noneâ among most people.
She recounted to CNA the reactions she observed to a CDC campaign display at the Creation Christian Music Festival, where about 70,000 people were in attendance. She estimated between 70 and 90 percent of the attendees had no idea of Obamaâs abortion position and some even thought he was pro-life.
Ignorance about Obamaâs position, she explained, is âa really huge issue.â She suggested this situation was possibly purposefully cultivated by the Obama campaign.
Reaction to the âBarack Obama: the Abortion Presidentâ campaign has been mixed, Clare said. âIf youâre pro-life everybody is really excited about it,â she said, while those supportive of Obama are âobviously enragedâ by the effort.
She related one incident in which a man standing near her shouted obscenities and made obscene gestures while the campaign was being launched on Tuesday in front of Obamaâs Washington D.C. office.
Clare said the Christian Defense Coalition would address other issues on which Obamaâs stands are questionable, but stated the CDCâs main focus is on his abortion record because âit is such a big deal and because people donât know anything about it.â