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Issue: "Two-ring circus," Sept. 6, 2008

Obama adviser Casey acknowledges that evangelical groups offer "a whole set of vibrant ministries" to pregnant women. But he contends the government should be more involved, and that Republicans haven't done enough to help.

Over in the 20,000-seat Pepsi Center, abortion was only a passing theme in nightly televised meetings. The presidents of Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) praised Obama for his pro-abortion voting record.

The senator has pledged that he would protect Roe v. Wade and sign the Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that could negate many state restrictions on abortions. (The legislation has never passed Congress.) The senator also co-sponsored an amendment to repeal the Mexico City policy, which prohibits federal funding for organizations that promote or perform abortions overseas.

But most of those details were lost in the frenzy of the convention. Instead, attendees listened with rapt attention to speakers like Sen. Hillary Clinton, who offered a rousing tribute to feminism and her own candidacy and praised Obama in the context of her own achievements.

Clinton also praised Michelle Obama, who presented a decidedly softer image during her primetime speech, earnestly speaking about her commitment to her children and "the man I fell in love with." A day later, Mrs. Obama appeared with Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a gala for EMILY's list, a pro-abortion women's group.

Even with overflow crowds and hour-long lines to pass through security at the Pepsi Center, the whole week seemed like an appetizer

to the main course everyone was waiting for: Obama's speech before 75,000 people in Invesco Field. As droves of police officers patrolled the streets in groups of 12 or more, clad in helmets, shields, and armored vests, Obama supporters donned buttons, T-shirts, hats, jewelry, and scads of other gear packed on every street corner, including a white shirt with bright blue letters that read: "The only truth that stands is Obama."

Jamie Dean
Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the national political beat and other topics as news editor for WORLD. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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