Obama Is Subject of Pro-life Ad

CatholicVote to Air it During Inauguration

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CHICAGO, JAN. 19, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Every life has potential is the message of an ad to be aired repeatedly on Black Entertainment Television in Chicago during Tuesday’s coverage of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.

The 30-second spot, produced by CatholicVote.org, begins with ultrasound image of an unborn baby.

«This child’s future is a broken home,» the overlying text states, with music playing in the background. «He will be abandoned by his father. His single mother will struggle to raise him.»

«Despite the hardships he will endure,» the text continues, as the music gets louder and is mixed with sounds of a cheering crowd, «this child … will become … the first African American president.»

Then showing a picture of Barack Obama, the text says: «Life: Imagine the potential.»

The ad is the first in a series to be released this year as part of a new educational campaign, titled precisely «Life: Imagine the Potential.»

Brian Burch, executive director of CatholicVote.org, commented on the ad in a press statement: «Our message is simple: Abortion is the enemy of hope. The purpose of our new ad is to spread a message of hope about the potential of every human life, including the life of President-elect Obama.»

«Each human life has dignity and worth,» he added.

“Given the political climate, we acknowledge that the fight to protect human life faces an uphill climb,» continued Burch. «For this reason, we developed an ad that we hope can transcend the political obstacles ahead, and provoke the consciences of our leaders and fellow Americans.»

CatholicVote.org is a project of the Fidelis Center for Law and Policy.

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