Ohden said that Obama “voted to deny basic Constitutional protections for babies born alive from an abortion.” This is true in the sense that the Illinois bills would have guaranteed certain protections for these infants. But Ohden’s claim lacks context: Obama’s objections to the bill suggest that he wasn’t so much bent on denying rights to newborns as wanting to block any legislation that could erode the premise of the Roe v. Wade decision.
Ohden earns one Pinocchio for her slanted take on the president’s position….
Granted, we don’t know why Obama voted against the 2003 bill that included a clause to protect abortion rights. The measure never made it out of committee, and comments from the meetings are not recorded. Nonetheless, we find it hard to fathom that the former senator expressed a belief that human life is disposable outside the womb.
~ The Washington Post “fact checker” Josh Hicks, unable to explain away President Obama’s BAIPA votes, instead accuses abortion survivor Melissa Ohden of “slanting” Obama’s record on the legislation in a new SBA List campaign ad, September 10
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