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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

Elisa Mueller
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jan 23, 2009

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.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.


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