Abortion is best approved of in the dark, not in the light of day, where full and open debate might turn the public against it.
This article discusses Democrats versus Republicans–Barack Obama and Catholics–on abortion. Abortion is not like war, or capital punishment, says the author. He also highlights Obama’s position:
In the particular case of Barack Obama, their case is an even greater mess. Bill Clinton, the last Democratic president, frustrated the will of the U.S. Congress by refusing to sign legislation outlawing partial-birth abortion. Even though this procedure means — just before a full delivery — puncturing the head of the infant so that the brains may be suctioned out, Obama, as an assemblyman in Illinois, took the same position here as the Clintons did: in favor of this grim procedure. Worse still, Obama strongly spoke out in opposition to legislation to disallow abortionists from putting to death infants who survived a first attempt at abortion.
How do you soften that position–make it more palatable? You can’t.