New Ad Takes Obama to Task for His Abortion Record

Fri Jun 27, 2008 - 12:15 pm EST

By Peter J. Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 27, 2008 ( - Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama is being taken to task for his recent Father’s Day message in which he said that fatherhood begins at conception. A pro-family group says Obama’s seemingly "pro-family" statements stand in a stark, disturbing contrast to his radical support for abortion, which is anything but "pro-family."

The 30-second television ad by Family Research Council’s lobbying arm, FRC Action, airs today in several cities across the United States.

The ad begins with a clip of Obama’s recent Father’s Day speech at a Chicago Church in which Obama was addressing the problem of absent black fathers. He said, "We need fathers to recognize that responsibility doesn’t just end at conception."

The camera then turns to FRC President, Tony Perkins, who holds his squirming young son Samuel in his arms and then asks the Senator, "If, as you say, fatherhood begins at conception, when does life begin?"

Perkins says that as a father of five, he thanked Obama for promoting fatherhood in his speech, but added that as a US Senator, Obama voted to devote taxpayer dollars to promote abortion in the United States and overseas.

He then says pointedly, "If I became a father at conception, when did Samuel here become my son?"

Obama has a long history of defending unrestricted abortion as a legislator and has stated that he would never want his two girls "punished with a baby" if they made the mistake of engaging in pre-marital sex. (

The Illinois Senator even went so far as to vote against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which would have protected children who survived failed abortion attempts from infanticide. Obama argued that recognizing the rights of those children under the 14th amendment would lead to the equal protection of the unborn and thus endanger the legal footing of abortion. 

Sen. Obama has promised to make abortion a priority of his presidency, including the passage of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), legislation that would annihilate every single state law limiting or regulating abortion, including the federal ban on partial birth abortion. (

"Barack Obama has made some very important points in his speeches, particularly his speech about fatherhood, but there is a disconnect between what he is saying and the political positions he has taken," Perkins told The New York Times. "If he is going to be pro-family, he has got to be pro-family."

The ad begins in Cincinnati and will appear later in Dallas, and Atlanta.

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