Obama tacks right on abortion now?

Any issues left for him to “finesse”? Iraq, FISA, now this. No hot button is safe from the Messiah’s nuance.

Except for amnesty, of course. He’s still rock solid on that.

In an interview this week with “Relevant,” a Christian magazine, Obama said prohibitions on late-term abortions must contain “a strict, well defined exception for the health of the mother.”

Obama then added: “Now, I don’t think that ‘mental distress’ qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.”…

The health care exception is crucial to abortion rights advocates and is considered a legal loophole by abortion opponents. By limiting the health exception to a “serious physical issue,” Obama set himself apart from other abortion rights proponents.

The official position of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group that endorsed Obama in May, states: “A health exception must also account for the mental health problems that may occur in pregnancy. Severe fetal anomalies, for example, can exact a tremendous emotional toll on a pregnant woman and her family.”

A spokesman from the National Right to Life is quoted as saying you can’t be pro-Roe if you think abortion shouldn’t be allowed for mental health reasons, but as I read this Obama’s only talking about late-term abortions precipitated by a medical emergency. If you want to get rid of mommy’s little inconvenience early on in the pregnancy, have at it. Does this look like a guy who’s iffy on Roe?

I eagerly await Doug Kmiec’s next 5,000-word hosanna to Obama spinning this very marginal show of restraint as some epochal remaking of the abortion debate in America. Exit question: Clear your mind for a moment, then let yourself absorb the constellation of centrist blasphemies uttered of late by His Holiness and how any one of them would have been poisonous during the primary. Now, tell me: What do you think Hillary’s thinking right now?

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Jazz Shaw 5:01 PM on March 22, 2023