Pro-Lifers Mobilize Against Obama
Decisions on abortion, stem cell research swell ranks of activists
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2009 8:53 AM CDT
Denver police arrest a priest who asked to not be identified during an anti-abortion protest during the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug. 26, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama’s 12 weeks in office have seen a huge surge in membership and activity in the pro-life movement, reports Politico. Groups say that while they knew before he took office the president supported abortion rights, the speed with which he has moved to repeal Bush-era rules on abortion and stem-cell research has spurred them to mobilize.

Obama largely neutralized the movement during the campaign by promising to change the tone of the debate, but activists say the lack of consultation over recent moves has caught them off guard, and turned even many moderates against the administration. “The verbalization that he wishes to find common ground—we are just not seeing that,” said a priest appointed to the president’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.