Abortions for Some, Miniature American Flags for Others
This ad has been making the rounds in pro-life circles and among pro-choicers who find it disgusting. To save you 30 seconds, it shows an ultrasound image of a fetus as this text runs across the screen.
This child’s future is a broken home … he will be abandoned by his father … his single mother will struggle to raise him … despite the hardships he will endure, this child will become the first African-American president.
Cut to: Barack Obama declaring victory on November 4, 2008. Powerful stuff! Also, misleading and tautological.
For one, nobody who has profiled Barack Obama’s family has encountered evidence that the 18-year-old Ann Dunham and the 25-year-old Barack Obama, Sr. conceived their son by accident. They were married in February 1961, when Dunham was only three months pregnant. They stayed married until January 1964, divorcing after Obama, Sr. had spent some time at Harvard and drifted away from the family. Dunham struggled during this period, but she remarried in 1967 and moved to Indonesia with her son.
It’s rather silly of Mark Hemingway to “speculate what a 19-year-old (sic) Ann Dunham would have done if abortion had been a legal option.” She wanted to have a baby.