The 3rd and final presidential debate finally saw the abortion issue broached… barely, but enough to force Barack Obama out of his fox hole to attempt to explain away his opposition as IL state senator to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.
McCain was weak on the draw, but at least he provided an opening:
Sen. Obama, as a member of the IL State Senate, voted in the Judiciary Committee against a law that would provide immediate medical attention to a child born of a failed abortion. He voted against that.
And then, on the floor of the State Senate, as he did 130 times as a state senator, he voted present.
Then there was another bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the state of IL not that long ago, where he voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion, one of the late-term abortion, a really – one of the bad procedures, a terrible. And then, on the floor of the IL State Senate, he voted present….
I don’t know how you vote “present” on some of that. I don’t know how you align yourself with the extreme aspect of the pro- abortion movement in America. And that’s his record, and that’s a matter of his record.
And he’ll say it has something to do with Roe v. Wade, about the IL State Senate. It was clear-cut votes that Sen. Obama voted, I think, in direct contradiction to the feelings and views of mainstream America.
Obama responded by first falsely stating Born Alive “said you have to provide lifesaving treatment and that would have helped to undermine Roe v. Wade.”
LIE. BAIPA simply stated all born alive babies became legally protected persons immediately upon birth, no matter what gestational age and no matter if unwanted abortion survivors.
Obama voted against this straightforward human rights legislation 4 times (aside from his “no” counted “present” vote), stating as the sole state senator speaking against it on the Senate floor in 2001 it would be “unconstitutional” to declare very premature abortion survivors persons because “the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute.”
In other words, if premature abortion survivors were declared legal persons, they couldn’t be legally “kill[ed]” – Obama’s word.
Obama further obfuscated his radical record of abandoning abortion survivors to die in hospital soiled utility rooms by adding “there was already a law on the books in IL that required providing lifesaving treatment…”
LIE. IL abortion law to this day only protects abortion survivors their abortionist deems fit to live. The potential for subjective assessments in these cases is clear to all but Obama. In fact, Obama opposed closing this loophole by voting against legislation to mandate a second doctor be present at deliveries of all live abortion survivors to independently assess their viability.
Obama not only opposed IL’s BAIPA, he took a leadership role to kill it. His website still contains an ABC News quote from the IL Planned Parenthood CEO at the time stating “Obama approached her” to strategize to defeat BAIPA as well as the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. Barack Obama actually sought out PP to help him defeat a bill protecting abortion survivors.
Finally, for 4 years Obama lied about his record opposing BAIPA. In 2003 he voted against an identical version that passed 98-0 in the U.S. Senate and for which the pro-abortion group NARAL even expressed neutrality.
He then purported several times, as recently as August 16, 2008, that the bills were not identical and he would have supported the IL version had it been the same as the federal version. This was yet another LIE, which Obama’s campaign finally had to recant after his actual vote tally from the IL General Assembly archive was posted online.
I’m beyond disgusted that Obama continues to repeat the same lies without MSM investigating and denouncing him. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
[Top photo courtesy of the Associated Press; bottom photo courtesy of AFP]