Joe Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League called Obama's receiving the award "tokenism," agreeing with others that he has not done anything to merit the prize. "It cheapens the award to the point that it means nothing, it's just a token," he said. "He hasn't done a thing except talk. ... So it demeans the prize to the point that it has no significance. And it's a shame because it belittles all those people that went before."
Agreeing with Mother Teresa that abortion is "the greatest destroyer of peace today," he said, "That's right. That's right. And this man is one of biggest promoters of abortion. Consequently, ... it's just an aberration.
"I am utterly shocked," said Judie Brown of American Life League. "It just seems to me this is one of the most political moves ever made and that it justifies the fact that Obama can be pro-abortion, in favour of killing millions of people, and still be recognized as a leader of peace, which is simply ridiculous."
"In awarding the prize to Obama, the Nobel Committee is announcing that abortion is the cornerstone of a hellish 'peace'," she said, "- the damning silence of 51 million aborted children in the United States alone. The Nobel Committee has bestowed the 'Peace Prize' on a man dedicated to war in the womb."
Last year, after it was announced that Canada's highest civic award was to be awarded to the nation's leading abortionist, Henry Morgentaler, ten previous recipients of the award eventually returned their medals to the Governor General of Canada. In their comments, it was indicated that the award had become debased by the presentation of the same high recognition to a prolific abortionist.