Fr. Raymond deSouza in this article from the National Post answers a very good question:
The challenge is steep; on abortion, Mr. Obama is the most extreme nominee to date -- far more than even Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Joe Biden. He is against the ban on partial-birth abortion. He is against parental-notification for minors seeking abortion. He is against "conscience-clauses" for pro-life doctors who refuse to do abortions. He favours federal funding of abortions. He has said that his first act as president would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would eliminate by federal statute any abortion regulations in all of the 50 states.
And then there is the controversy over the "born-alive" act -- a federal law that mandates full legal protection for any child that survives a late term abortion. It passed the U.S. Senate unanimously. Mr. Obama was not in the United States Senate at the time, but he voted against a nearly-identical law in the Illinois Senate in 2003. While he often says that he wants to reduce the number of abortions -- who doesn't? -- in adopting the most extreme pro-abortion policy in presidential history, Mr. Obama puts an insuperable obstacle between himself and pro-life voters. No doubt, Cardinal Edward Egan of New York will allude to that this evening.
Given the number of factors in his favour, and his explicit desire to make room for Catholic voters, religious voters and pro-life voters in his campaign, the substance of his abortion policy is extreme and counter-productive. It puts him far outside the American mainstream.
So why does he adopt it? Voters can only conclude that Mr. Obama believes in his policy sincerely.
Based on the analysis about BAIPA from FactCheck.org, we can truly marvel at the sincerity of Obama's support for abortion. Genuine sincerity. Unimplacable and perhaps ardent support of women having access to abortion, a disproportionate number of whom are African-American.
What a coup!
The same people that proposed birth control to Harlem women as a solution to the problem of "undesirables" now have as their best spokesperson the first African-American candidate for the White House. The history of the Negro project is available to refute.
Oh, do please correct me. Tell me it isn't true that the nation's first black president will be complicit in the number one cause of death among black people! Is this irony or tragedy? Should I laugh or weep?