By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2009 ( – Those who think that Obama’s economic policies will ultimately reduce abortions are “delusional.” says Professor Robert George, director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

In remarks delivered at the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life last week and published in the Witherspoon Institute’s online journal Public Discourse, George, a McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, explored the polarization of America’s political parties over abortion.  The rise of this issue to the forefront of party politics was sparked, he said, by the unified Christian effort to end injustice to the unborn – an effort that must not be derailed.

“Barack Obama is trying to win over religiously serious Catholics and Evangelicals, without altering in the slightest his support for abortion, including late-term and partial-birth abortions, the funding of abortion and embryo-destructive research with taxpayer dollars, the elimination of informed consent and parental notification laws, and the revocation of conscience and religious liberty protections for pro-life doctors and other healthcare workers and pharmacists.”  George wrote.  “He will ultimately fail. We must see to it that he fails.”

Nonetheless, George warned, Obama “is being served and abetted” by some high-profile Christians “who have been peddling the claim that Obama, despite his pro-abortion extremism, is effectively pro-life because of his allegedly enlightened economic and social policies will reduce the number of abortions.”

“This is delusional,” said George.  “The truth is that Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to serve in the United States Senate or seek the Office of President of the United States.”  As such, said George, Obama is sure to dramatically increase abortions, in accord with the demands of the abortion lobby.

“It is the pro-abortion side that tells us that the Hyde Amendment alone has resulted in 300,000 fewer abortions each year than would otherwise be performed – and that is why they so desperately want it to be repealed,” he continued.  “Yet the putatively pro-life Obama apologists claim that the man who pledges to repeal it is going to reduce the number of abortions.

“Let me say it again: this is delusional.”

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