Where Does Obama Get His Abortion Statistics?

Abortion proponents like to say that the number of abortions went up under George W. Bush. Obama just said so during the Saddleback Faith Forum: (Correction: I heard that wrong the first time…Obama says they haven’t gone down – still wrong – they have - ed.)

This way, abortion proponents can claim to have some moral authority when they say that they would like to see fewer abortions, even though they have a record of supporting abortion, (in Obama’s case an uber-record of supporting abortions).

John Kerry, Howard Dean, and Hillary Clinton used that ploy during the 2004 election cycle, and it was debunked by Fact Check.Org in 2005:

Politicians from Hillary Clinton and John Kerry to Howard Dean have recently contended that abortions have increased since George W. Bush took office in 2001. This claim is false. It’s based on an an opinion piece that used data from only 16 states. A study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute of 43 states found that abortions have actually decreased. Update, May 26: The author of the original claim now concedes that the Guttmacher study is “significantly better” than his own.

The abortion statistics found here show the downward trend continuing through 2007.

So which statistics is he using, I’d like to know?

Saddleback Faith Forum Video: Obama vs McCain On Abortion

First Obama:

He’s for abortion because women don’t come to these decisions casually (even the ones that have multiple abortions?), the goal is (common ground here, yay!) fewer abortions…bla bla bla…bla bla bla…

Has he ever voted to limit or reduce abortions?

(short answer – “NO”. -ed.) Long answer: I am in favor of reducing late term abortions if there’s an exception for the mother’s health…..bla bla bla … (Hmmmm….really? This is the guy who voted against a bill identical to the  Born Alive Infant’s Protection Act in the Illinois legislature).

This is the guy whose wife sent out a fundraising letter on his behalf lamenting “the rise of conservatism in this country”, and the terrible possibility that “the so-called partial birth abortion” ban might not be ruled unconstitutional.

And by the way….the reason why he can’t argue with the idea that “life begins at conception”, is not because it’s “a matter of faith”, but because it’s a scientific fact.

And by the way…abortions did not go up (or “flatline”) under George Bush’s Presidency. That’s an oft repeated lie that pro-aborts like to tell. I’d like to see where he’s getting his statistics, because every chart I can find shows a decrease in abortions during W’S watch.

Here’s Obama, more at home… speaking before Planned Parenthood.

Note how he calls the Supreme court decision on Gonzales vs. Carhart (which upheld the federal ban on partial birth abortions) “a federal ban on abortions”. He can’t even be honest with the terminology when speaking in front of a friendly audience. Note how he laments that it’s the “first time the court has endorsed an abortion restriction without an exception for a woman’s health”. How many doctors need to tell this fool that this gruesome procedure is never needed to protect the health of a pregnant woman??? How many damn times?! What is it with the pro abortion zealots, that they can’t even abide the most modest of restrictions on abortion? Because abortion is their most blessed sacrament, that’s why. Ghouls.

Now listen, as Jill Stanek describes how extreme Obama’s position on abortion really is:

Heartbreaking and disgusting.

The man has a hell of a nerve running for President of the United States with such an abominable record.

Now McCain:

Moral clarity. Life begins with conception. He has a solid pro life voting record. End of story.

I’ll have no problem voting for this man.

‘Nuff said.

Correction: After listening to the video, again, I see the need for a clarification. Obama didn’t say that abortions were going up under Bush, he did say they haven’t gone down.

But they have been steadily going down. All the statistics I’ve seen show that they’ve been ona downward trend for some time…including the Bush years.

UPDATE:

Via Michelle Malkin, Jill Stanek catches Obama lying about who’s lying.

UPDATE II:

This video sums up Obama and McCain’s positions on abortion in 50 seconds.:

That’s about right.


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