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Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'


A new video has surfaced and The Brody File has the exclusive. It shows Barack Obama talking about how the human fetus is a “potential life.” (As opposed to an actual life.)

He also goes on to say that the viability of that “potential life” is a “moving target.” He made these comments in 2004 at a small business event in Springfield, Ill.

Watch below along with a partial transcription.

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Here is a partial transcript from the three-minute clip:

BARACK OBAMA: My basic view is that abortion is an extraordinarily difficult moral issue. As a Christian, I think that a fetus is not just a collection of cells. It is a potential life. And I think that after viability it is legitimate for the state to prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is an exception for the mother’s life and health. Prior to viability, the problem is that this potential life is inside someone else’s body. It’s inside a woman’s body. And I don’t feel that it is appropriate for me to simply dictate to that person, to that woman what she should do with her body.

First of all, calling a fetus a “potential life” rather than an “actual life” could pose some problems for him with those socially conservative Reagan Democrat type voters who may now be reminded of Obama’s radical views on abortion, which simply do not comport with that crowd. It’s the type of remark that not only could turn these important swing voters away from Obama but toward Romney.

Remember, these Reagan Democrats might agree with Obama to a certain extent on his solutions for the economy so the Romney campaign may need to look to the cultural issues to motivate them in a different direction. That’s why remarks like this can be detrimental to Obama.

Second of all, in the video Obama says how “a fetus is not just a collection of cells.” Well, if that’s the case, then it raises the question of why Barack Obama would come out AGAINST the 2007 Supreme Court ruling that upheld partial birth abortion. If you think there is some “potential life” growing inside a woman, then wouldn’t you be against partial birth abortion?

The question is will Mitt Romney’s campaign see this as an opening or stay away from a hot button social issue like this? They could make some serious political hay with it especially in their attempt to motivate the “Cling to guns and religion” crowd (remember that line from Obama in 2008?) in key battleground states.

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# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

Well isn't that odd. This is the same man who voted more than twice in the Illinois Legislature to deny medical services to aborted fetuses born alive. Furthermore, he did so after hearing testimony from health care workers of babies left to die, alone, in the garbage closets. Any person who considers themselves a Christian or a moral person of any religious persuasion who votes for Barack Obama is walking on the wrong side of human decency.
Left by Czechbikr on Oct 03, 2012 4:30 PM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

We are about to be grandparents, and I have been following the developments of our grandchild in utero at four months. The baby is fully formed, feels pain and can hear its mother's voice. So when abortions are performed at this stage, the baby does indeed feel that pain, and this is a sin. How horrendous that late-term abortions are performed when the baby could survive on its own. This is a leftist mindset and Obama's sinful tactics that he passes onto his voting base is dooming our country. This is unforgiveable.
Left by jj on Oct 03, 2012 4:39 PM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

All a human being, let alone a faithful Christian need ask is, "What kind of human being lets an infant suffer and die?" This is obama.
Left by Quovadis on Oct 03, 2012 4:40 PM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

Christians know that life begins at conception.
Obama doesn't show me he knows the meaning of being Christian.
Left by navigator on Oct 03, 2012 4:48 PM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

"A potential life"? If a mars rover finds carbon based molecules then we might here "life found on mars". Yet Obama calls a human fetus a potential life? Society is judged by how is takes care of those who are most vulnerable. Shame on America.
Left by Thomas on Oct 03, 2012 4:50 PM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

Who should be surprised about Obama's view of the unborn?

While an Illinois state senator -- and, presumbably, while he called himself a "devout follower of Jesus Christ" -- he voted not once but four times for the most ghoulish of infanticidal legislation.

It regarded killing the live-born babies that were supposed to have been aborted.

It was to protect the so-called mothers' constitutional rights, not that of the child.

The legislation allowed a second so-called doctor to come in and kill the live-born baby, because it would be too stressful for the first so-called doctor/abortionist.

IMO, Barack H. Obama, or whatever his real names is, is a man without conscience.

And, given the lack of fruit from the Christian tree he claims to be, he's certainly not a "devout follower of Jesus Christ," nor follower at all.
Left by CKAinRedStateUSA on Oct 03, 2012 5:11 PM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

The kicker is where he says it is a matter "of Religious Freedom". Where does that jive with Obamacare's demand that Catholic Hospitals and Charities give up their Religious Liberty? What a complete fraud.
Left by otterbop on Oct 03, 2012 5:40 PM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

First, add Biology to the ever-growing list of subjects Obama is clueless about.

Second, how can someone that allegedly lectured on the Constitution for years not understand that both the 5th and 14th Amendments prohibit taking the life of any person without "due process of law"?
Left by fbanta on Oct 03, 2012 6:25 PM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

One of the Ten Commandments state: Thou Shalt not Kill". If you are a Christian, you are commanded by God to abide by the commandments. When you cross that line you have to face your maker. It is pretty obvious that you commit murder by abortion instead of trusting to God by putting this into His Hands. Do you not trust Him with your soul and your Heart? Do you not trust him with all your problems, with your life, or are you selective? Think about it. Do you only want Him around when it is convenient for you? This is not going to get you into heaven! You do not know the time when He comes. You need to be ready at any time.
Left by Carol on Oct 04, 2012 11:12 AM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

A Christian, says who? We dont impose our religion on others but I dont hear you telling that to islam when they kill the innocent to impose theirs. You apologise to them for being insulted. Double standard.
Left by Watchman on Oct 04, 2012 1:08 PM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

"As a Christian, I think that a fetus is not just a collection of cells." -Obama

Instead of stating what the fetus is NOT, why don't Obama and other pro-abortion state what it IS?

And what does being a Christian have to do with his point as stated? The Bible nowhere explicitly mentions fetuses or cells.

His response is classic obfuscation. He's intentionally confusing his audience to make it appear that abortion is a "difficult" issue to judge. Honest people know that human life begins at fertilization. You don't need to be a Christian to know that, especially with today's advances in biology.

The embryo at that point has all the DNA and other factors that will differentiate that person from all who have ever lived. Yet leftists, the ones who believe in the right of abortion, believe themselves to be champions of diversity?
Left by J Bone on Oct 04, 2012 1:09 PM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

This tell us the voters his true heart. He wants to please everyone and not stand for his convictions. If you won't stand for something you will fall for anything. If he stood for Christ then he would be pro life.
Left by KellieC on Oct 04, 2012 2:07 PM

# RE: Brody File Exclusive Obama Video: Calls Fetus a 'Potential Life'

I believe, it's what Obama doesn't say that proves that he doesn't stand just on Christian principals. There is no evidence that he follows, professes, or encourages Christian biblical principals, as a practicing Christian. His past legislative actions haven't matched biblical doctrine. The bible teaches that Life begins at conception. He doesn't state this. I truly question whether Obama reads, practices, and or believes entirely what the Bible teaches. I have heard him refer in an interview to the "holy koran." and also that he referenced his muslim faith, then corrected himself at the same time, changing to his Christian faith reference.
Obama says he is a christain, but I have never heard him say that he is a follower of Jesus Christ, God incarnate. Left by jo
Left by keithjo on Oct 04, 2012 2:57 PM