Tampa (CNSNews.com) – Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), a leading pro-life member of Congress, called President Barack Obama extreme on abortion, particularly citing the president’s opposition to a ban on sex-selective abortion.
He also talked to CNSNews.com about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s past pro-life position, and feels confident that the ticket of Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan will be clear about where it stands on the issue.
“There is no doubt Gov. Romney and Paul Ryan will campaign and clearly articulate to the American public that they are proudly pro-life, that they believe in protecting the mother and the baby from the violence of abortions, and there is no doubt about that,” Smith told CNSNews.com.
At the same time, Smith said, the American public should know where the Democratic ticket of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stand.
“If President Obama gets another four years, he will be without any thought of another election around the corner or anytime in the future. I believe that extremism will manifest itself even more overtly both at home and abroad,” Smith said. “The fact that this president came out against a ban on sex-selective abortion needs to be highlighted throughout the country and even the world.”
Smith said that most sex-selective abortions target girls and have resulted in more than 100 million baby girls being killed globally.
“A lot of it has been the result of what’s happened in India and the one child per couple policy in China, but it’s here as well. President Obama came out against a bill that would ban that. How extreme is that?” Smith said. “Plus, he wants to force every taxpayer to pay for every abortion in the United States.
“Obamacare is just the beginning of that. When the exchanges are finally online, unless we reverse them, unless Mitt Romney wins, in 2014, in every state publically funded abortions will become the new norm,” Smith added.
Smith attended a luncheon Tuesday sponsored by the Family Research Council and the Republican National Coalition for Life. The event was held near the site of the Republican National Convention this week.
During the event, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who finished second to Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential primaries, praised Smith’s pro-life record as coming close to the pro-life advocacy of the late Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.).
Though Romney was previously pro-abortion, Smith said he believes the presumptive GOP presidential nominee had a sincere change of heart on the issue.
“We welcome men and women, Republicans, Democrats, everything else, to come into the pro-life movement,” Smith said. “So many of our strongest leaders once were pro-abortion. The founder of NARAL Bernard Nathanson, a man who said in the New England Journal of Medicine: I’ve come to the agonizing conclusion that I have presided over 60,000 deaths.
“He ran the largest abortion mill in New York City, and he also did abortions every day. We need to welcome people who once were on that side, but through the grace of God have seen the light and now realize that abortion kills babies, dismembers and chemically poisons young children, and hurts women both in the intermediate and long-term, physically, psychologically and emotionally,” he added.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in June that Obama opposed legislation that would ban abortions done to terminate an unborn child of undesired gender because it would put doctors in the position of having to determine a woman's "motivations" for an abortion or else face criminal prosecution.
“The administration opposes gender discrimination in all forms,” Carney said. “But the end result of this legislation would be to subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations behind a very personal and private decision. I think we, again, oppose gender discrimination in all cases. I think our record on that is very clear. The president’s record on that is very clear.”
However, Section 5 of the Parental Nondiscrimination Act says, “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require that a healthcare provider has an affirmative duty to inquire as to the motivation for the abortion, absent the healthcare provider having knowledge or information that the abortion is being sought based on the sex or gender of the child.”
The bill was defeated in the House Thursday in a 246 to 168 vote, because it failed to get a two-thirds majority. If passed, the legislation would have made abortions based on a baby’s gender illegal by creating a penalty for those who knowingly have gender-selective abortions, coerce a woman into having one, or provide transportation to a woman so she can come to the U.S. to have a gender-selective abortion.
There are now four studies proving sex-selective abortions are happening in the United States, according to the office of Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), which cited a study from the University of California Berkeley, the University of Texas, the University of Connecticut, and Columbia University.
The 2008 Columbia report found that there is “strong son bias” within selected American communities as revealed in census data and “clear evidence of sex-selection, most likely at the prenatal stage,” as quoted by Franks’s office. The United States, in 2007, joined an effort with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to condemn gender-selective abortions.