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Pro-abortion congresswoman: Dobson ‘hijacked’ National Day of Prayer with pro-life comments

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A pro-abortion congresswoman said she walked out of Dr. James Dobson's speech at the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, accusing the beloved radio host of “hijacking” the event with his pro-life remarks.

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-CA, said when Dobson called Obama “the abortion president” and challenged him to “come and get me,” she stormed out – but not before pointing the finger at Dobson, literally.

“I stood up and pointed my finger at him and said, ‘This is completely inappropriate for this day,’ and I walked out,” Hahn recalled.

At the event Dr. James Dobson, the host of Family Talk Radio and founder of Focus on the Family Ministries, recounted Obama's longstanding support for abortion-on-demand and read a two-year-old statement saying Dobson would never comply with the HHS mandate to provide abortion-inducing drugs to every employee under his ministry's insurance plan.

“So, come and get me if you must, Mr. President,” Dobson said. “I will not bow before your wicked regulation.”

Ultimately, Dobson won an injunction from a federal judge.

Hahn called his remarks “very disturbing to me” and “really a shame.”

“James Dobson hijacked the National Day of Prayer – this nonpartisan, nonpolitical National Day of Prayer – to promote his own distorted political agenda,” Hahn said.

Hahn, who represents southern Los Angeles, is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and once taught at the Good News Academy. However, she has a 100 percent voting record from NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood, while earning a 0 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

Hahn voted against Trent Franks' national 20-week abortion ban last summer, calling it an “assault on a woman's well-established right to choose,” which was “blatantly unconstitutional.” She also added that the bill had “inadequate exceptions for cases of rape, incest or life of the mother,” although House Minority Leader Eric Cantor had added rape and incest exceptions to the abortion ban to head off media criticism of Franks' remarks on late-term abortion and rape.

Hahn also voted against the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and a motion barring ObamaCare from funding abortion-on-demand.

Dobson defended himself on Fox News Channel's The Kelly File, where he questioned the media's emphasis on Hahn's outrage rather than the overwhelming support of the mostly evangelical Christian capacity crowd to whom he spoke.

“One person chose to walk out as far as we know – one person – and that’s what everybody keys on,” he said, “but the people who were there were with me 100 percent, because they also believe in the sanctity of human life.”

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Hahn, who co-chairs the weekly Congressional Prayer Breakfast, is not content to let the matter drop with a finger-pointing media frenzy.

“I would hope maybe members of the Congressional Prayer Breakfast consider writing [Dobson] and tell him that what he did really goes against what we’ve been trying to do in weekly in our prayer breakfast.” She implied failure to do so could have political consequences, saying, “I was so upset today I felt like abandoning everything I’ve done to try to be bipartisan.”

Some commentators say Hahn's huffy departure was unnecessary and unwarranted. “Calling Obama 'the abortion president' is simply stating a widely-known fact, one that can’t honestly be denied by any Democrat,” J.R. Dunn at The American Thinker wrote. “In truth, considering the party’s platform and ideology, it should be taken as nothing less than a compliment, something that Democrats can point to with pride: one the few promises made by Obama that he’s actually carried out.”

“By stomping out of the ceremony under these circumstances,” he concluded, “Hahn has told us something about Obama – and her party, and herself – that she didn’t want us to know.”

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