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Obama Denies Parents’ Right to Know of Abortions
Senator Obama voted against the 2006 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. His was a vote to allow “…taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.” In other words, Obama believes that if you live in a state that requires parental consent for abortion, it’s o.k. for your 14 year old daughter to cross state lines, or to be taken across state lines by someone else, in order to have an abortion in a state with no such requirements.[i]
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Abortion and Slavery
After more than a year of controversy and delays, Dawn Johnsen, President Obama’s early pick as the head of the Dept. of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, withdrew from consideration in April, 2010.[ii]
Johnsen’s nomination was apparently negatively affected by “her positions on torture and the investigation of previous administration actions.”[iii] But, we can’t say that President Obama didn’t try. And why did her nomination stay on the table for more than a year? Could it have had anything to do with her position on abortion?
As the head of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) in 1989, Johnsen filed a brief with the Supreme Court, in which she asserted that “Any restriction that makes abortion less accessible is, in her view, tantamount to ‘involuntary servitude’ because it ‘requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus in order to further the state’s asserted interest [in the life of the unborn].’ In effect, a woman ‘is constantly aware for nine months that her body is not her own: the state has conscripted her body for its own ends.’ Such ‘forced pregnancy,’ she contends, violates the Thirteenth Amendment, which prohibits slavery.”[iv]
[i] On the Issues: Every Political Leader on Every Issue, Vote number 2006-216 notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions on Jul 25, 2006 regarding bill S.403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act – Results: Passed 65-34 – Democrats voting on 2006-216, retrieved January 9, 2012 from http://www.ontheissues.org/SenateVote/Party_2006-216.htm
[ii] Sam Stein, (April 9, 2010), The Huffington Post web-site, Dawn Johnsen, Key Obama Justice Nominee, Withdraws Her Nomination, retrieved March 9, 2011 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/09/dawn-johnsen-key-obama-ju_n_532445.html
[iii] Sam Stein, (April 9, 2010), The Huffington Post web-site, Dawn Johnsen, Key Obama Justice Nominee, Withdraws Her Nomination, retrieved March 9, 2011 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/09/dawn-johnsen-key-obama-ju_n_532445.html
[iv] Andrew McCarthy, (undated), National Review Online, Lawyer’s Lawyer, Radical’s Radical: Meet Obama DOJ nominee Dawn Johnsen, retrieved March 9, 2011 from http://nrd.nationalreview.com/article/?q=YzcyODUwNjAwNzg3YTYyZjBiOWU3ZTQwZmYzOGIwOGQ=