Throughout his candidacy, Barack Obama has consistently been seen as an advocate for abortion rights, earning him support from such organizations as NARAL.Â But after Obama clarified his position on late-term abortions this past Saturday, saying that he opposed “mental distress” as a reason for late-term (22 weeks or later) abortions, the blogosphere was quick to question Obama's true beliefs.
Kiwiblog (New Zealand) calls Obama's actions “another move to the center”, saying:
He has just come out against late term abortions unless there is a serious physical threat to the mother. He has specifically rejected mental distress as grounds for late term abortions.
Though the post was brief, it garnered many comments. dime was appalled:
wow this guy changes his mind more than kerry!
Grant Michael McKenna, on the other hand, thinks Obama's doing what's natural:
And so it goes- the very fact that he is moving to the consensus shows why he will be a competent presidentâ€¦
The Dissenting Indian (India/USA) is not particularly concerned by Obama's statement, given that he left room for “clinical mental health issues”:
OK… So there are exceptions made for “serious clinical mental health diseases.” That sounds much better. And I am pretty sure there aren't women rushing out for an abortion just because they have suddenly had a change of heart – much as the GOP/religious right would try to hype the situation. [My opinion is based solely on my gut – not on any actual knowledge.]