Flashback: A chilling reminder of Obama's support for partial birth abortion

Flashback: A chilling reminder of Obama's support for partial birth abortion

Michelle_Obama_120427_01425x283Lost in all the uproar over the media’s coverage of the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, or lack thereof,  is the official White House response, which follows: _____.

It’s not that this is an administration that is afraid to insinuate into news stories, and I don’t mean just those of the magnitude of Newtown.

Don’t forget that back in his first month in office in 2009, the president accused the Cambridge, Mass., of “acting stupidly” in its dealings with his friend Henry Louis Gates. Never mind that Obama didn’t have all the facts at hand before making his public assessment, or that he subsequently told reporters that he had no regrets about jumping to conclusions.

The reason that president has steered clear of weighing in on the Gosnell case is that if he did, he would need to explain his view — which is that Gosnell did nothing wrong.

A sobering reminder that Obama, during his 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate, was an avid defender of partial birth abortions. Part of his platform was seeking to overturn the ban on these abortions passed into law by then-President George W. Bush.

The website LifeNews has a fund-raising letter signed by Michelle Obama that calls this type of late-term abortion (better known in medical parlance as an intact dilation and evacuation) a “legitimate medical procedure.” An image file of the letter appears further down on this page. As you read it, notice the pretensions toward compassion, which stop conveniently short of the 7-pound, 4-ounce elephant in the delivery room. The opening paragraph follows:

We have all been concerned lately with the rise of conservatism in this country, especially as it relates to women. You’ve read the alarming news about the Justice Department’s request for hospitals to turn over the private medical records of dozen of patients. This cynical ploy is to designed to intimidate a group of physicians and force them to drop their lawsuit to have the so-called partial birth abortion ban ruled unconstitutional.

The irony of Obama’s claims about abuse of power and an administration’s assault on privacy would be amusing at this point in time if it wasn’t so tragic.

Michelle Obama 2004 Fund-Raising Letter

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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