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WaPo leads its political section today with news that Sen. Barack Obama has picked up key Democratic, pro-life endorsements. Sen. Robert Casey (Pa.) and former congressman Timothy Roemer (Ind.), influential pro-life anomalies in the Democratic party, have surprisingly thrown in their lot with a candidate who has gone so far as to vote against the "Born Alive Infant Protection Act," a law requiring physicians to provide medical care to infants born alive during an attempted abortion.
While contending against Sen. Hillary Clinton, Obama's pro-life record has not been of much significance. However, in the general election, Sen. John McCain may energize and win over reticent pro-lifers - not as a result of McCain's stellar pro-life legacy, but out of a shocked repulsion at Obama's extremism.
Just as the horror of partial-birth abortion has previously energized the pro-life movement, Obama's infanticidal support of "Post-Birth Abortion" may arise as a rallying cry in the looming general election. It stretches credibility when a person who believes that abortion extends beyond birth complains that "the [abortion] debate got so polarized that both sides tended to exaggerate the other side's positions." How does one possibly exaggerate a position such as Obama's?
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