Earlier I noted that Barry Obama has staked out more moderate positions on certain issues than earlier ones he’s taken in his career. He’s trying to finesse every issue, you see liberals are all about nuance. That’s why he’s now for keeping the embargo on Cuba but the nuance between him and Hillary (and now McCain) was that he’s for lifting the travel and remittance restrictions (for Cuban-Americans).
I also mentioned how he’s backing down from the pledge to pull all combat troops from Iraq within a year and a half of being inaugurated.
Well there’s another major issue that Obama is trying to change his stripes on: abortion.
Here’s Jennifer Rubin’s take from Pajamas Media:
But Obama’s real difficulty comes over abortion. His record as a state legislator was extreme — voting “present” three times on a partial birth abortion bill and three times against a bill requiring medical care to babies born alive during an abortion procedure. In the U.S. Senate he racked up a perfect 100% rating from NARAL for three years straight. (His website touts a long list of pro-choice groups and his history of absolute support for Roe v. Wade.) And when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Federal Partial Birth Abortion ban he decried the ruling, saying “I strongly disagree with today’s Supreme Court ruling, which dramatically departs from previous precedents safeguarding the health of pregnant women.”
So it was not surprising that he tried to soften his position and reach out to religious voters in an interview with Relevant Magazine when he declared:
“I have repeatedly said that I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother. Now, I don’t think that ‘mental distress’ qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.”