The IL General Assembly destroys audiotapes of its floor debates after transcripts have been written. That is why there is precious little audio, if any, of Barack Obama as state senator making any speeches.
But a pro-life sleuth has found a short audio clip on the Chicago Tribune website of Obama arguing on the IL Senate floor on April 4, 2002, against Senate Bill B1663, a companion bill to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that would have required an abortionist to call a second physician to assess a baby aborted alive.

Here is the Senate transcript to ensure the comment is heard in context….

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Obama opposed SB1663 arguing he had “confidence” that the abortionist – who was invested in attempting to kill the child pre-delivery – would not mind revealing his or her botch by calling a 2nd physician to ensure the child was given proper medical attention and revived if possible.
Obama thought it remarkable to suspect an abortionist of having a subjective medical opinion about his new second patient. It didn’t occur to Obama that the abortionist might also be invested in seeing the baby dead to preclude malpractice lawsuits down the road if the baby were found not to have pre-birth diagnosed defects, an overriding reason for these late-term induced labor abortions.
But Obama’s most telling statement from the clip was to say this bill “is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion.”
In other words, if a baby were to survive his or her abortion, the death plan marked out for this child should be carried out nonetheless.
Guy Benson tracked down the pro-life sleuth, who will be interviewed with me on the Sandy Rios show this afternoon at 3:20p CST.
Michelle Malkin is also covering this story, as is The Weekly Standard blog, and is asking a great poll question, “Did Barack Obama protect infanticide in Illinois?”

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