Interesting article. Please note that it is fair to call President Obama “pro-abortion,” not “pro-choice.” I think the Hilary Clinton view of seeing abortion as tragic but wanting it to be “safe, legal and rare,” could more aptly be described as “pro-choice.” But the Democrats are rebranding as the abortion party, which hardly seems strategic at a time when public opinion is becoming more pro-life.
All that changed under Obama. Evidence suggests that this is not a man who has ever doubted that the abortion rights position is both constitutional and ethical. As a state senator he voted “present” on a bill that would have compelled doctors to provide life support to fetuses that survived a termination procedure and were not expected to live. Obama argued that the language of the bill extended the legal protection to a “pre-viable” infant and so would not be constitutional. (PolitiFact notes that Illinois “already had a law on its books from 1975 that said if a doctor suspected an abortion was scheduled for a viable fetus — meaning able to survive outside of the mother’s body — then the child must receive medical care if it survives the abortion.”)