One of the things which certain partisans ignore is that President Obama certainly desires to keep his promises about health care reform to pro-life Democrats who supported his work. The meme that he is “the most pro-abortion president” of all time ignores what happened under and by President Nixon (who was interested in abortion for population control). Moreover, the meme is used time and again, despite no valid evidence in favor of his being a “big abortion supporter,” as a means to scare people away from something Obama wants to do. Every time the meme is used to force an uncharitable reading into his actions, and used to make everything about abortion — no matter how remote the connection between abortion and one of Obama’s policies. Every time the claim that “he is promoting abortion” is brought out and shown to be false, the people who cry wolf seem to think they can con us by making us believe they scared the wolf away. No, it doesn’t go that way. (And the time the wolf did get into the fold, many, not all, not only didn’t seem to care, they praised him despite all the evil he did).
Sometimes I wonder why several pro-life groups are unable to acknowledge what Obama has done in favor for those who are pro-life is two-fold: 1) fear he might actually be getting more done than what pro-life advocates who make it a profession to be advocates have done (shaming them) and 2) fear that their rhetoric, when found to be shallow, will not be able to convince another group of pro-life voters to follow their partisan politics which have nothing to do with abortion. If they really wanted to encourage Obama to do what they want, one of the best things they could do is acknowledge what he has done without some sort of backhanded insult in the process.