A new Web site launched by a group of Christians claims that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, who has a 100 percent pro-choice Senate voting record, is the most pro-life candidate out of the two major presidential contenders.
Obama, the site www.prolifeproobama.com argues, proposes economic and health care plans as well as programs that would do more to reduce abortions in America than the policies supported by rival Republican candidate John McCain.
It even claims that Obama's plans would reduce abortions more than reversing the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the nation would.
The site, created by the Mathew 25 network, pointed to a Catholics United study that found overturning Roe v. Wade would result in states deciding their own abortion law, which the study estimates would lead to at most only 16 states that would ban abortion.
"After 35 years, a new approach is needed," writes Douglas W. Kmiec, the site's spokesman. "Too many unborn lives are being lost as we wait for judges to get it right.
"Barack Obama's strengthening of support for prenatal care, health care, maternity leave, and adoption will make the difference," maintains the former professor and dean of the law school at The Catholic University of America.
But the site angered some pro-life leaders, who refuted the idea that Obama can be considered pro-life.
"The Matthew 25 Web page is a desperate attempt to attract pro-life Christian voters to Obama by misrepresenting and redefining the pro-life cause," charged Carrie Gordon Earll, senior bioethics analyst at Focus on the Family Action. "It's an insult and affront to every true pro-lifer in the country."
Earll pointed out that the Illinois senator has received a 100 percent pro-abortion rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America, while receiving a 0 rating from the National Right to Life Committee.
"The meaning of pro-life is to protect human life from the single-cell stage to natural death," she writes in a CitizenLink article. "That means opposing public policies that target and destroy innocent human life. From what I can see, not one word of this Web site addresses banning abortion, or even restricting it."
"If Obama wants to reduce abortion, he should support pro-life measures like parental involvement, informed consent and public-funding restrictions," she added. "Obama's words and actions do not conform to being pro-life."
The Matthew 25 Network is a group of pastors and Christians who endorse Obama and seek to explain through their Web site why other Christian voters should also support the Illinois senator.