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Obama's Falsehood: The Truth About His Abortion Record ^ | August 22, 2008 | Joel Mowbray

Posted on 08/23/2008 6:18:46 AM PDT by Kaslin

For the first time in this presidential cycle, social issues such as abortion took center stage this past week courtesy of the candidates’ high-profile, back-to-back interviews at a mega-church last weekend.

Yet the mainstream media only days later is starting to address what might be the biggest story in this frame: Barack Obama—whether knowingly or not—lied about a controversial abortion vote he made in the Illinois Senate in 2003.

After his nationally-televised interview with Pastor Rick Warren on Saturday night in Orange County, Calif., Barack Obama sat down with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody and went on the attack against pro-life activists, whom he said were “lying” about his vote to kill a bill protecting babies born alive following botched abortions.

At issue is an Illinois bill in 2003 called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that Obama voted against, which was modeled on federal legislation enacted the previous year declaring that in failed abortions resulting in a live birth, the baby must be given normal medical treatment.  This was in response to a gruesome practice whereby abortions involving induced labor were resulting in unintended live births—and those infants were simply being left to die.  By 2003, it already had passed the U.S. Senate without any dissent.

Obama contended that he “would have been completely in, fully in support of the federal bill that everybody supported,” but that he voted against the 2003 Illinois bill because “that was not the bill that was presented at the state level.”

Except that it was.

As it turns out—and as even Obama’s campaign admitted Monday to the New York Sun—the National Right to Life Committee wasn’t lying; Obama was.  The specific difference cited by Obama in the CBN interview was that the Illinois bill didn’t contain the federal legislation’s language explicitly stating that it would not “undermine Roe vs. Wade.”  (This was not merely off-the-cuff, as the campaign had issued a written statement to CNN in June offering the same rationale.) 

Not only did the bill contain the exact provision from the federal bill, but Obama voted in favor of adding it as an amendment.  After the state bill was changed to be almost identical to the unanimously-passed federal law, Obama voted against it.

CNN, to its credit, did report on Obama’s Illinois actions before the Democrat’s accusation that his critics were lying.  The New York Times first reported on Obama’s Illinois record two weeks ago—almost 900 words into a 1,400 word piece on page A16.  In a page A18 story this Wednesday dedicated solely to the controversy, the Times’ Larry Rohter carries Obama’s water, stretching to offer excuses for his vote that even Obama did not suggest until after misstating his own record last weekend.

The highest-profile mainstream media piece to date was in this Wednesday’s Washington Post, a page A1 article titled, “Candidates’ Abortion Views Not So Simple.”  In its reporting, however, the Post seems to dismiss the significance of Obama’s opposition to the 2003 Illinois legislation by referring to it as an “obscure law.” 

The Post further presents as fact the Obama position that the Illinois bill he opposed was solely about “pre-viable” babies.  The testimony of former nurse Jill Stanek, who witnessed babies surviving botched abortions at Christ Hospital just outside Chicago, discussed babies past 20 weeks, including into the third trimester—thus not “pre-viable.”

Though understanding the legislative process is not a common strength in typical political journalists, most of the reporters in question are smart enough to sift through the plentiful documentation of Obama’s voting history on the Born Alive Infants Protection Act in Illinois at the National Right to Life Committee’s web site.  Further, they could even read the simple, yet thorough narrative of National Review’s David Freddoso, who has written two stories spelling out the timeline and Obama’s actions along the way.  (Some of the reporting is adapted from his new book, The Case Against Barack Obama.)

Obama’s camp has shifted explanations this week, now claiming that the Democrat merely wanted a provision in the bill clarifying that it would not impact existing state laws.  Yet as several pro-life activists have noted, Obama was the chairman of the health committee when the bill came up again in 2003 and easily could have offered such an amendment.  He didn’t.

Regardless of the reasons for his vote, Obama cannot say that his critics are lying.  He did oppose a bill virtually identical to the one unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate.  And now five years later, he might end up paying a political price for that decision.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; abortion; barackobama; election; electionpresident; elections; infanticide; obama; prolife

1 posted on 08/23/2008 6:18:46 AM PDT by Kaslin
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2 posted on 08/23/2008 6:25:26 AM PDT by noDixieCan
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hitler’s ovens were probably above oba mao 8’s pay grade too.

any doctor that would kill a baby that survived an abortion may not be a human.

3 posted on 08/23/2008 6:26:47 AM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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any doctor that would kill a baby that survived an abortion may not be a human

Late-term abortionist doctors do it all the time. Which raises the obvious question whether "abortionist" and "doctor" are not a contradiction in terms.

4 posted on 08/23/2008 7:48:59 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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5 posted on 08/23/2008 8:57:33 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (About Obama: "Overinflated balloons pop suddenly and catastrophically." - Bill Dupray)
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According to America's Founders, life, and the liberty to enjoy it, are unalienable. The word, "unalienable," implies the great truth of Thomas Jefferson's summation that, "The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them."

What many citizens today fail to reason through is that the so-called "right to choose," is an invented euphemism of recent decades designed to mask the ugly act of "destroying" the life and liberty of the child in the womb. By that euphemism, an artificial right was bestowed by unelected justices of the Supreme Court of the United States on only one class of citizens (women) to destroy the Creator-endowed, therefore "unalienable" life and liberty of an as-yet-unborn citizen.

This question is the most important one to be considered in the 2008 election of a President.

Consider the logic utilized by those who say they personally oppose taking the life of the child in the womb, but believes in the trite and tired old phrase of "a woman's right to choose."

Why could a 75-year-old daughter not use the same reasoning to apply to a "right to choose" to get rid of an elderly mother whose care is threatening her own health? (And don't say it is not realistic to claim the health risk that many face!)

Or, why should the nation's law not provide that same "right to choose" to both men and women who consider another individual to be a threat to their personal health or wellbeing, an inconvenience to their lifestyle, or merely a burden they cannot take care of?

Clearly, America's laws against the taking of life do not allow for a citizen's "right to choose" murder as an optional way of solving a personal dilemma, no matter how perplexing or burdensome.

Unmask the faulty logic of the fence sitters, and let them articulate what is their real reason for favoring the taking of a life in the womb! Is it not possibly because they do not see children in the womb as beings "endowed by their Creator with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"?

Whichever candidate who's most likely to appoint Supreme Court justices who understand this basic principle underlying our liberty and the American Constitution is the only logical choice to lead this nation, in this voter's humble opinion!

6 posted on 08/23/2008 10:41:36 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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7 posted on 08/23/2008 10:51:03 AM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at
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