nys2.jpgThe New York Sun almost got it right this morning.
The headline reads, “Clinton: Obama should vote ‘No’ on abortion issue she backed,” which is good. Clinton has been lambasting Obama to pro-aborts for voting “present” on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act as state senator when she voted “yes” for it as U.S. senator, “holding him to a tougher standard than she holds herself,” states the NYS article.
Obama’s excuse, quoting the NYS….

He also argued in 2004 that the state and federal bills were substantively different, telling the Chicago Tribune that he would have voted for the “born alive” bill had he been in Congress at the time.

This is where I’m sorry the NYS missed the mark, although I provided the reporter documentation. I do commend him for getting closer than any other MSM reporter has.
The definition of “born alive” in both bills was identical:

“the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother of that member, at any stage of development, who after such expulsion or extraction breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut, and regardless of whether the expulsion or extraction occurs as a result of natural or induced labor, caesarean section, or induced abortion.”

Originally both bills were completely identical. But crafters of the federal bill changed paragraph (c) for its final version:

Illinois’ paragraph (c): A live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.
Federal paragraph (c): Nothing in this section shall be construed to affirm, deny, expand, or contract any legal status or legal right applicable to any member of the species homo sapiens at any point prior to being “born alive” as defined in this section.

And here is where Obama is lying. The IL Born Alive senate sponsor tried to amend it to add federal paragraph (c) and Obama, as chairman of the committee hearing the bill, stopped him and killed the bill.
In other words, Obama purposefully obstructed the IL version from being the same as the federal version. He is lying when he says he would have supported the federal version. He prevented that.
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