Palin Takes Obama to Task for Stance on Abortion


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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, criticized Obama’s positions during a speech at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life’s annual dinner Thursday night in Evansville, Ind.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is taking President Barack Obama to task for his support of abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research.

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, criticized Obama’s positions during a speech at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life’s annual dinner Thursday night in Evansville, Ind.

She says deciding when babies get human rights isn’t above her pay grade — a reference to Obama’s response to a question from the Rev. Rick Warren last year. Obama said such questions were above his pay grade. (see Catholic News Agency article immediately below)

Thursday’s appearance was Palin’s first out-of-state trip on a partisan agenda since the presidential campaign ended. Some Alaska lawmakers have criticized her decision to make the trip as the state Legislature approaches its Sunday deadline.

Obama concedes that ‘above my pay grade’ remarks were ‘probably’ too flippant

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Sen. Barack Obama

Washington D.C., Sep 9, 2008 / 02:24 am (CNA).- Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, has backed away from his remarks that deciding when life begins is “above my pay grade,” conceding in a television interview that the comments were “probably” too flip.

At the Saddleback Church candidates’ forum in August, moderator and church pastor Rev. Rick Warren had asked the candidates “At what point does a baby get human rights?”

Sen. Obama had replied to Warren by saying that determining when life begins is “above my pay grade.”

Speaking to George Stephanopoulos in an interview taped for ABC’s This Week, Obama said:

“What I intended to say is that, as a Christian, I have a lot of humility about understanding when does the soul enter into … It’s a pretty tough question. And so, all I meant to communicate was that I don’t presume to be able to answer these kinds of theological questions.”

Explaining the answer he wished he had given to Rev. Warren’s question, Obama commented, “What I do know is that abortion is a moral issue, that it’s one that families struggle with all the time. And that in wrestling with those issues, I don’t think that the government criminalizing the choices that families make is the best answer for reducing abortions.”

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