One of the popular metaphors used during the fight over judicial nominations to the Supreme Court is a “litmus test”—that is, whether the President will demand certain ideological commitments of his nominees before he would consider nominating them. President Obama today denied that he would use a litmus test on the issue of so-called “abortion rights” or “any of these issues.” That is, until he said he would use a litmus test.
Doing his best doublespeak impersonation, Obama first gave a reassurance of his own pro-abortion stance:
“You know, I am somebody who believes women should have the ability to make often very difficult decisions about their own bodies and issues of reproduction.”
Then the denial of a litmus test:
“I don’t have litmus tests around any of these issues…”
Then the assurance that he would use a litmus test:
“… but I will say that I want somebody who is going to be interpreting our Constitution in a way that takes into account individual rights, and that includes women’s rights.”
“Part of what our core constitutional values promote is the notion that individuals are protected in their privacy and their bodily integrity, and women are not exempt from that.”
For those inclined to be satisfied with the “I don’t have litmus tests” line, please allow me to translate for you everything else Obama said there:
-- When Obama says “difficult decisions about their own bodies and issues of reproduction,” he means the right to choose abortion.
-- When Obama says “interpreting our Constitution in a way that takes into account individual rights, and that includes women’s rights,” he means the right to choose abortion as a constitutional right.
-- When Obama says that “our core constitutional values promote” the protection of women in “their privacy and their bodily integrity,” he means the right to choose abortion, again as a constitutional right.
By disclaiming a “litmus test” but yet sandwiching those buzzwords between all the pro-abortion code words he could cram into his statement, the President is trying to signal to his radical liberal base that the nominee will be pro-abortion while also hoping pro-life advocates will read only the “no litmus test” headline that indicates the opposite. If it weren’t so Orwellian it would be amusing.
Obama has been the most pro-abortion President in American history. (See this LifeNews.com compilation of pro-abortion acts by Obama for numerous examples.) In fact, even his recent Executive Order a few weeks ago that bought the crucial Bart Stupak bloc vote on the health care bill did nothing to change the abortion funding provisions of the bill, as even Planned Parenthood gleefully made clear.
Something tells me Planned Parenthood is not concerned by Obama’s forked-tongue statement today either—but if anything, the pro-life community should be.