Friday, October 17, 2008

Barack Obama and the Pre-Roe Legal Regime

As Ed Whelan argues, had Roe v. Wade been on the books in 1961, Stanley Ann Dunham, Barack Obama's mother, may well have aborted her pregnancy:

Nearly 48 years ago, a young woman, not yet 18, became pregnant in her freshman year of college. Living in a time and place in which abortion was generally illegal, she proceeded to marry the father of her child and gave birth to a son. Perhaps she would have done so irrespective of the abortion laws at the time, even if, say, she lived in a legal culture that celebrated abortion as a fundamental right. Very possibly not. (I haven’t found any statistics on the percentage of pregnant college freshmen who abort their pregnancies, but indirect indications suggest that it’s very high.)

Barack Obama may actually believe, as he stated yesterday, that Roe v. Wade “was rightly decided.” But it may be very lucky for him, as the son born of that woman, that it hadn’t been decided a dozen or so years earlier.
Thus, Obama quite possibly owes his life to the pre-Roe legal regime that prohibited the termination of pregnancy.

Read the rest of Whelan's piece,
here (no matter the Illinois Senator's own position on the issue, Obama's backers might not now have "The One" as their candidate had his mother taken advantage of the very policies he now promotes).

For context, recall that "Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States."