Barack Obama has set out to woo the Evangelical vote.

Evangelicals are not a homogenous bloc of voters and differ on a number of issues. However, there are fundamentals that a vast majority of Evangelicals agree on and abortion is one of them.

This week, Candidate Obama’s interview with Christianity Today was posted online and he spoke with CBN and Beliefnet this week as well.

Christianity Today asked him about abortion and he replied, in part:

I don’t know anybody who is pro-abortion. I think it’s very important to start with that premise. I think people recognize what a wrenching, difficult issue it is. . . .Ultimately, women are in the best position to make a decision at the end of the day about these issues. With significant constraints. For example, I think we can legitimately say — the state can legitimately say — that we are prohibiting late-term abortions as long as there’s an exception for the mother’s health.

Mr. Obama, a lawyer who has taught constitutional law, claims that a “health” exception is needed in abortion laws. But, unlike Mr. Obama, the average reader may be unaware of another Supreme Court decision related to abortion. Doe v. Bolton was handed down the same day as Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. Doe v. Bolton defined health to mean:

“all factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age—relevant to the well-being of the patient.”

Under Doe, a woman can have an abortion for any reason. The only one who has the right to judge her reasoning is the abortionist.

Many Evangelicals are aware of this so it is doubtful that Mr. Obama’s remarks will have much sway.

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