Anti-Abortion Ad Borrows Obama's Life Story

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2009 6:55 PM CST

(Newser) – Barack Obama may support a woman's right to choose, but a new anti-abortion ad uses his own life story to argue against it, writes David Waters in his "On Faith" blog for the Washington Post. The spot shows a fetus in a womb as words appear on the screen: "This child's future is a broken home. He will be abandoned by his father. ... Despite the hardships he will endure this child will become the 1st African-American President."

The ad, sponsored by, ends with a picture of Obama and the tagline: "Life: Imagine the Potential." The spot is "disingenuous at best, exploitive at worst," says Waters. "Obama's parents were married when he was born. There's no evidence Obama's mother ever considered an abortion." A colleague makes another point: "Couldn't you make the same argument about anyone? If Tim McVeigh's mom had had an abortion, might those 168 people in Oklahoma City still be alive?"