AUL Action Responds to Tonight’s Presidential Candidate Debate

October 15, 2008

Washington, DC — After calling on Bob Schieffer to address the issue of abortion in tonight’s debate, AUL Action was very pleased to hear Schieffer ask Senators Obama and McCain about the critical issue of appointments to the Supreme Court. There was no disagreement that this election will result in important changes on the Court. In many ways, this is one of the most significant issues for our country that has received the least amount of attention in this campaign. Schieffer is to be commended for bringing Court appointments into the debate.

Senator Obama made it clear that his approach to judicial appointments — which goes beyond the Supreme Court — involves a pro-Roe, pro-abortion litmus test.

And Obama continued his habit of twisting the facts when he responded to Senator McCain’s statements about his past votes against protecting babies born alive after a failed abortion: Barack Obama is on record voting four times against offering protections to such children while in the Illinois Senate.

“I hope the American people notice that while Barack Obama misled them about his past record on abortion, he also refused to mention what he promised Planned Parenthood in July 2007 — that the first thing he would do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA),” said Charmaine Yoest, President of AUL Action.

“FOCA is a bill pending before the US Senate that would eliminate every abortion regulation in the country including popular laws such as parental notification, informed consent, and bans on partial birth abortion. FOCA means abortion on demand, in all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason, nationwide and paid for by your tax dollars. The American people deserve to know the real truth about Barack Obama’s record and position on abortion.”

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