Marjorie Dannenfelser

For me -- a transplanted, self-admitted southern politico -- tomorrow is going to be a banner day. Sarah Palin is speaking in my hometown, Greenville, North Carolina (home of the Fighting ECU Pirates), and Senators McCain and Obama will cap off the day with what I predict will be the pivotal debate of the election. If the past week is prelude, they both will be on the offensive. Negative campaigning will reign supreme. It’s about daggone time. The politics of contrast will make this day a banner day for the direction of this nation – especially when it comes to the one issue the Obama-Biden ticket avoids most assiduously.

Once and for all, Barack Obama needs to explain his position on the issue he has successfully ducked until now. The Born Alive Infant Protection Act reveals a breathtaking callousness in him that he, understandably, does not want to discuss. Having fought tooth and nail for legislation to protect “accidental” abortion survivors, I can’t sit by and watch Biden-Obama’s avoidance and obfuscation one day more. More importantly, Americans shouldn’t stand for it.

Obama has done a masterful job in keeping the truth of his position from voters. Back when he served in the Illinois state legislature as head of the Health subcommittee, Obama helped defeat the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. He successfully ducked the issue when it followed him to the U.S. Senate. He even launched a “pro-life” website to help him deflect the issue even more. The man is far from anything resembling pro-life. Forget that label though, which may not be helpful. The bottom line is this: he would not protect the rights of any child from his or her beginning until a short time after his or her birth.

The man says the very first thing he would do as president is sign the “Freedom of Choice Act” – legislation ensuring that abortion up until the point of birth is legal forever. And taxpayer-funded to boot. This cuts against the protective instinct of the vast majority of women. No wonder he keeps his position on this out of sight.

We should all hope the issue comes up tomorrow night. I know this debate is scheduled to be all about our pocketbooks, but for heaven’s sake, can we take a few moments to drill down to the truth on this fundamental issue of which Obama is clearly so afraid? When he debated in the Illinois Senate, he called protecting children born alive a “burden” upon their mothers.

Marjorie Dannenfelser

Marjorie Dannenfelser is President of the Susan B. Anthony List.

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