With the November presidential election just months away, it’s time to examine the views of the two major candidates. In this article, we’re taking an in depth look at the opinions and voting record of Illinois Democratic Senator Barack Obama on the key issues of Abortion, Gay Rights, the Budget, Jobs & the Economy, Universal Health Care and Homeland Security and Immigration.
While admitting that there is a moral dimension to abortion, Obama calls himself pro-choice and overwhelmingly votes that way. He received a 100% rating on pro-choice votes in 2005, 2006 and 2007 from the National Abortion Rights Action League and a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. In 1997, while serving in the Illinois Legislature, Obama voted against SB 230, which would have banned partial-birth abortion, and against a 2000 measure banning state funding for abortions.
Obama has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will likely make preserving a woman’s right to choose a priority as president. He also supports expanded access to contraception, health information and preventive services to reduce unintended pregnancies. The Senator’s plan is clearly outlined on his website:
Protecting a Women's Right to Choose: Obama will make safeguarding women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn that decision.
Reducing Unintended Pregnancy: Obama will work to reduce unintended pregnancy by guaranteeing equity in contraceptive coverage, providing sex education, and offering rape victims accurate information about emergency contraception.