A new TV ad by a pro-life Catholic group uses President Barack Obama’s own hardscrabble tale to steer young women away from abortion.
The 41-second ad, shown below, was first broadcast on BET during the inauguration. Sponsored by Catholicvote.org, the ad begins with a camera slowly zooming in on a fetus still in the womb.
These words appear on the screen:
"This child's future is a broken home. He will be abandoned by his father. His single mother will struggle to raise him. Despite the hardships he will endure this child will become the 1st African-American President." The ad ends with a photograph of President Obama and this message: "Life: Imagine the Potential."
"Our message is simple: Abortion is the enemy of hope,’’ says Brian Burch, executive director of Catholicvote.org. “The purpose of our new ad is to spread a message of hope about the potential of every human life, including the life of" Obama.
The ad comes amid heightened anxiety that Obama will abandon or reverse pro-life policies established by President George W. Bush.
On Monday, the eve of Obama’s inauguration, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops unveiled a letter urging him to retain federal policies that protect healthcare workers’ conscience rights, ban funding of stem-cell research that destroys human embryos, and block foreign aid to overseas organizations promoting abortion.
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, head of the bishops’ conference, said a new president can be expected "to take executive action soon to reverse current policies." Doing so on life issues could be "a terrible mistake — morally, politically, and in terms of advancing the solidarity and well-being of our nation's people," George said, quoting the letter, which went out over his name.
What George and other anti-abortions activists fear most is that Obama will sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would codify women's right under Roe v. Wade to terminate their pregnancy and would forbid any interference with that right.
"We are committed to not only reducing abortion, but to making it unthinkable as an answer to an unintended pregnancy," George wrote to Obama. "If your goal is to reduce abortions, that will not be achieved by involving the government in expanding and promoting abortions."
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