Punished with a child?

Washington Times:

Pro-life activists say Sen. Barack Obama's abysmal record on abortion issues is reflected by his remark that he would not want his daughters to be "punished with a baby" if they were to make a "mistake" as teenagers.

"He would want his own grandchild aborted. It shows a real callous disregard for human life," said David Osteen, executive director of National Right to Life. "This is a window into his soul."

The criticism follows continued scrutiny of Mr. Obama's longtime relationship with a pastor known for racially incendiary sermons, as national polls show him in a neck-and-neck race with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said the candidate's comment should not be interpreted as condoning abortions.

"What Senator Obama said and what he believes is clear: Children are 'miracles,' but we have a problem when so many children are having children," he said.

"Parents have a responsibility to teach their children about values and morals to help make sure they are not treating sex casually. And while he understands the passions on both sides of this difficult issue, Senator Obama believes we can all agree that we should be taking steps to reduce the number of teen pregnancies and abortions in this country."

Mr. Vietor also tried to lay to rest questions about Mr. Obama's familiarity with a 1960s book linked to his church — "Black Theology and Black Power" by James H. Cone — that espouses anti-white views.

"Senator Obama didn't read this book," Mr. Vietor said. "What is clear is that The Washington Times is more interested in rehashing an old story and playing gotcha games than seriously covering this campaign."

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Obama has not gotten the rhetoric down on his pro abortion stance. It is supposed to be about "choice" not "punishment." He is supposed to say he is personally opposed to it, but believes that his daughters should have the "choice" if they screw up. For a guy who is suppowed to be a smooth talker, he sure is not too smooth on this issue.

I think the Cone book is a legitimate issue since Obama has refused to disown Wright who has espoused what is in the book. Those questions are not going to go away and they should not go away. He should not be allowed to avoid those questions.

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