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Another blatant abortion falsehood from Team Obama

by | Aug 24, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Every time I hear Team Obama tell another breathtaking whopper, I think of various quotes that remind us how quickly lies can first surface and how long it often takes to get rid of them. But the flipside is because they are so widespread, they are subject to much analysis and criticism.

Factcheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. The headline on a post dated Thursday is “Another Abortion Falsehood from Obama’s ‘Truth Team.’” The lead paragraph summarizes the falsehood: “The Obama campaign is falsely accusing the Republican Party’s platform of calling for banning abortions even in cases of rape or incest. That’s not true. The 2012 platform is silent on exceptions — leaving that decision up to Congress and the states — just as it was in 2008 and in previous presidential election years.” (emphasis added)

Just two additional points, since you can read the analysis at http://factcheck.org/2012/08/another-abortion-falsehood-from-obamas-truth-team./

First, as we read in paragraph two,  “To make matters worse, the latest falsehood comes from the president’s ‘Truth Team,” writes Brooks Jackson. Think about that for a second. In search of “truth,” Obama’s team not only tells bald-faced lies, it continues to do so even after neutral sources explain how they are mangling the truth.

It is of a piece with what we wrote at “President Obama’s extremist record on abortion—and why that truth is so hard to come by.” Obama airbrushes out his extremist record on abortion as President and as an Illinois state Senator and photoshops in imaginary positions for Mitt Romney.

Second, the platform language on abortion supports a Human Life Amendment but takes no position on which version of the Human Life Amendment should be adopted. That’s left to Congress (and the states, should a HLA be passed out of Congress and sent to the states for ratification). Referring to the abortion plank, Jackson notes, “Again, this makes no mention for or against exceptions of any sort. It doesn’t mention rape or incest at all.”

Along the way Jackson observes, “[P]olitical expediency is no excuse for falsifying an opponent’s position.” Which is, of course, true.

With that in mind, the Obama re-election team could (however unlikely) take to heart one of Mark Twain’s most famous observations:”Always tell the truth; then you don’t have to remember anything. “

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