Obama has stated publicly and consistently that he’s morally opposed to abortion but thinks it should be legal, with the exception of late term abortion which he favors a ban on (and no republican will ever take him up on it because republicans don’t want to lose late term abortion as an election issue). Conservatives have of course been trying to paint him as a ghoul salivating over images of dead babies who just loves abortion sooooo much. The two main attacks have been pointing out that he voted against a bill requiring hospitals to treat babies that had been born alive, even if they were meant to be aborted. He voted the bill down because, as he pointed out, it was a purely political bill banning something that was already illegal to do. The latest attack is to quote him as saying “god bless planned parenthood”, when what he actually did was give a speech at a planned parenthood event and end it the way he ends all of his speeches, “God bless you and god bless america”. The words “god bless planned parenthood” never left the man’s lips. But if you google “god bless planned parenthood” you will see pages and pages of conservative outlets misquoting him. Here are my favorites from the first page of results:
“Barack Obama praised Planned Parenthood today saying, ‘God bless Planned Parenthood… We got to spread the word, particularly to young women.’ Gross.” (link)
“Video – ‘Messiah’ Obama: ‘God Bless Planned Parenthood… We Got To Spread The Word, Particularly Among Young Women’.” (link)
The shame is that anti-abortion folks probably won’t give two shits that this is a lie and will just attack me for being pro-choice as though this entry was in support of abortion.