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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

More Untruths From Kmiec on Obama and Crisis Pregnancy Centers and FOCA

Sorry, but I just can't help it. Must. Expose. Kmiec's. Lies.

If you remember, Kmiec claimed that the Democratic Party platform on abortion became more "pro-life" when it added an "explicit call for greater respect for prenatal assistance, paid maternity leave," and a better adoption system. Kmiec claims that this is an "Obama-inspired" change and is proof that Obama is "pro-life." Kmiec also often mentions how he and his wife have worked at crisis pregnancy centers. So you would think that Obama might support crisis pregnancy centers.

Not so. The question posed to Obama: "Does Sen. Obama support continuing federal funding for crisis pregnancy centers?" Obama's answer: "No."

Faced with this glaring evidence that Obama is not serious about assisting pre- and post-natal mothers and their babies, Kmiec responded in the following manner:
Continue funding? The counseling centers known to me and my very effective spouse have not had the benefit of such funding. Must be hard to get. Anyway, Senator Obama's signal of clear and strong support for women who choose to carry a pregnancy to term offers the kind of complementary assistance that will hardly impede crisis pregnancy centers. And that's the thing, you have to have the funding for pre and post natal care, income support and parenting skills before you can help anyone in the context of a crisis pregnancy center or otherwise. And as I see it, only Senator Obama has made this, well, "clear." All McCain-Palin have is platform rhetoric about finding "new ways to empower," which is really rather tired, old verbiage more likely to mean embarrassingly little.
Yes, that is possibly the most deliberate and disingenuous dodge of an issue that I have ever seen in my life.

When faced with Obama's support for the Freedom of Choice Act which would strike down regulations, increase funding, and entrench abortion, Kmiec had two responses:
1. That Kmiec thinks FOCA exceeds the power of Congress. (Why this is relevant to the question of whether Obama is serious about reducing the number of abortions is a mystery to me.)
2. That Kmiec doesn't think that FOCA mandates public funding for abortion or will invalidate state law restrictions on abortion. (Kmiec is lying here. There is no other explanation. His position is contradicted by the language of the statute, by the comments of sponsors of the statute, and by pro-life AND pro-choice organizations analyzing the statute.)

Kmiec is absolutely pathetic.