A Very Anti-Choice Halloween: Scary Robocalls and “Just Stupid” Mailers

Amie Newman

It's a very scary Halloween for anti-choice organizations! A scare-tactic robocall from the anti-contraception, anti-choice National Pro-Life Alliance and a mailer that falls into the "most absurd mailers of all time" category.

The Huffington Post reports this morning on a brand new robocall lambasting Senator Obama for his audacity to question the necessity of having a valid exception to the Partial Birth Abortion ban to ensure protection of American women’s lives and health.

Voters in North Carolina, Florida and Oregon have reported receiving robocalls from the National Pro-Life Alliance, attacking Obama’s stance on the issue. According to the Huffington Post, the call tells voters that Obama will "legalize" the practice if elected President. There is of course many things wrong with that statement, not the least of which is that it would take more than just Barack Obama’s whim to legalize an abortion procedure that has been deemed safe for women for years until the anti-choice movement seized on it as a political tool. 

More than that, however, it’s just false. Here is Senator Obama during the final presidential debate on partial-birth abortion:

respect to partial-birth abortion, I am completely supportive of a ban
on late-term abortions, partial-birth or otherwise, as long as there’s
an exception for the mother’s health and life,
and this did not contain
that exception.

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And I attempted, as many have in the
past, of including that so that it is constitutional. And that was
rejected, and that’s why I voted present, because I’m willing to
support a ban on late-term abortions as long as we have that exception. 

The National Pro-Life Alliance is an extremist organization that believes laws and amendments targeting parental notification and consent, for example, don’t go nearly far enough. The organization is not satisfied with anything less than a federal law to overturn Roe v. Wade and ensuring the codification of the idea that life begins at conception. In addition, the organization, as Cristina Page has written about numerous times on this site, has no desire to simply stop at the criminalization of abortion. They target birth control as well. 

Rachel Maddow on "The Mailer I Swear I Didn’t Photoshop"

Rachel Maddow reported last night on a mailer being sent to anti-choice voters by the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-choice organization, attacking Senator Obama for. Wait for it. Not being willing to save a child in a baby carriage left on the railroad tracks. 

Maddow says of the ad:

"There are low-down, sleazy, unfair, illegitimate, political smears and then there’s stuff that’s so low-down, so sleazy, so unfair, so illegitimate that it crosses the line into stupid. Like laugh-out-loud ridiculous."

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