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Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.

The Manhattan Declaration is nearly one year old. The ecumenical document now has over 475,000 signatories who affirm that Christians need to take a stand on three issues: sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. Despite the economy, political activists continue to put these issues at the top of their agenda this campaign season.

Sanctity of life got some attention this week as President Obama responded to a question on late-term abortions. "There are a whole host of laws on the books that after a certain period, the interests shift such that you can have some restrictions, for example, on late-term abortions, and appropriately so," he said. (Obama has repeatedly said states can restrict late-term abortions, but has also repeatedly opposed specific legislation on the matter.)

In the same discussion, Obama discussed his faith. "I'm a Christian by choice," Obama said. "I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead. … We achieve salvation through the grace of God, but what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find … their own grace. And so that's what I strive to do."

"The man we know as President may be a 'Christian by choice'—but he's far better known as the leader of a movement about 'choice.' And while his salvation may be deeply private, his agenda to advance abortion has been anything but," said Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council.

"He has a vastly different understanding of biblical ...

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