You might recall law professor Doug Kmiec’s political conversion in which he surprised many by going from Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to supporting Barack Obama. He later went on to be Obama’s ambassador to Malta and later ran for Congress, saying he wanted to be Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick.
When asked about his political turnaround considering the issue of abortion, Kmiec essentially argued that Obama was actually more pro-life than many Republicans because he supported poverty programs. Specifically, he said:
The Democrats had a brilliant strategy on abortion this year: Don’t play the futile court speculation game. Instead, Obama’s team promoted life in ways that don’t depend upon a Supreme Court vacancy and cooperating nominee. Specifically, Obama had the Dems commit to promote life with enhanced social and economic assistance.
Obviously, many Catholics saw this argument as convincing in that Catholics overwhelmingly supported Obama.
One little problem. It turns out that abortion is not a poverty problem.