If you are not familiar with him, Prof. Doug Kmiec is a former Reagan official and Catholic law school professor who was once known for his defense of the sanctity of human life. Now he is known for endorsing the pro-abortion Sen. Obama for the presidency, and for telling pro-life Catholics that it was OK to support Obama despite warnings from many other Catholic leaders.
Kmiec glossed over what he called Obama’s “mistake” in voting against an Illinois bill designed to preserve the life of babies that survived an abortion. Kmiec’s twisted argument for Obama somehow led him to conclude that Obama would ultimately be better for the cause of life than a solidly pro-life President.
In today’s news, we see how grateful the Obama campaign was for Kmiec’s efforts:
Obama himself has signaled, for example, that he intends to reverse Bush’s controversial limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research ….
But Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) said that during Obama’s final swing through her state in October, she reminded him that because the restrictions were never included in legislation, Obama “can simply reverse them by executive order.” Obama, she said, “was very receptive to that.” Opponents of the restrictions have already drafted an executive order he could sign.
The new president is also expected to lift a so-called global gag rule barring international family planning groups that receive U.S. aid from counseling women about the availability of abortion, even in countries where the procedure is legal, said Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America….
“We have been communicating with his transition staff” almost daily, Richards said. “We expect to see a real change.”
That’s comforting — Planned Parenthood’s president is in “almost daily” contact with Obama’s transition team. I wonder how often they are talking to Doug Kmiec?