Barack Obama's venture one step beyond unencumbered and taxpayer-funded abortion support to radically support infanticide of abortion survivors was the straw that broke the camel's back for many pro-lifers....Continue reading "Media Matters: Obama's infanticide support? "Fevered dreams" of Stanek/Limbaugh"
There will be a conference call tonight at 9p EST of national pro-life leaders reflecting on the presidential race. Sign up to join in the call here.
Following is a statement by Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life with which I fully concur.
Americans have made a grave mistake in electing Barack Obama to the presidency. Yet America herself remains great and is not a mistake, which is why so many of her citizens will continue, with even greater energy and determination, to defend her founding principles....Continue reading "Fr. Frank: Americans don't share Obama's "extreme and offensive views" on abortion"
Yesterday I posted an Associated Press article that included excerpts from Sarah Palin's October 11 speech in Johnstown, PA, when she took on Barack Obama for various heinous positions on the life issue.
The Republican National Coalition for Life has distributed that entire segment of Palin's piece, which is simply excellent. Here 'tis:
In this same spirit, as defenders of the culture of life, John McCain and I believe in the goodness and potential of every innocent life. I believe the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves. And who is more vulnerable, or more innocent, than a child?Continue reading "Palin's PA speech of Obama and the life issue"
When I learned that my son Trig would have special needs, I had to prepare my heart for the challenges to come. At first I was scared, and Todd and I had to ask for strength and understanding. But I can tell you a few things I've learned already.
Yes, every innocent life matters. Everyone belongs in the circle of protection. Every child has something to contribute to the world, if we give them that chance. There are the world's standards of perfection... and then there are God's, and these are the final measure. Every child is beautiful before God, and dear to Him for their own sake....
By Terrence Jeffrey in today's Townhall.com, an excellent, clarifying commentary:
The most telling debate Barack Obama ever had was not with John McCain but Patrick O'Malley, who served with Obama in the IL Senate and engaged Obama in a colloquy every American should read.
The Obama-O'Malley debate was a defining moment for Obama because it dealt with such a fundamental issue: The state's duty to protect the civil rights of the young and disabled....Continue reading ""The Obama debate every American should see""
Then-IL state Sen. Patrick O'Malley, whom I interviewed this week, contacted the state attorney general's office to see whether existing laws protected a newborn abortion-survivor's rights as a U.S. citizen. He was told they did not....
BornAliveTruth.org received the funniest hate mail ever. Had to share. I've cleaned up the misspellings...
You pro-life hypocrites better stop your ads attacking Obama....Continue reading "Funniest hate mail ever"
You people and your attack ads is one the the main reasons this country is bitterly divided. Maybe they ought to change the Consitution and rename the United States of America the Divided States of America.
Since you people are attacking Obama it is your fault a lot of TV stations this fall cancelled their local newscasts this fall. Maybe someone should cancel you....
Here they are again, first the ad BornAliveTruth.org began airing on September 16 in NM and OH, and then Barack Obama's response attack ad that began airing September 18 in NM and OH...
Obama's ad was deceptive in at least 4 ways...Continue reading "Deceptions in Obama's attack ad against Gianna ad"
UPDATE, 1:50p: Gianna forwarded me a great commentary by Mona Charen today, "Abortions do sometimes produce live births," with this excerpt:
I've received a number of letters from viewers. This one caught my eye: "I am a pediatrician. When I was a pediatric resident on a neonatal intensive care rotation, we were routinely called to resuscitate infants. In one instance I was called to pronounce a baby dead who had been born an hour earlier after a failed abortion. We were not called to resuscitate the baby immediately after the delivery as the intent was abortion. I write to attest that babies are sometimes born alive after abortion and then put aside to die."_______________
UPDATE, 1:30p: First lie in Obama ad: attributing the Gianna ad to John McCain, rather than BornAliveTruth.org.
Second lie: "votes taken out of context"? A vote cannot be taken out of context. It's a vote. Notice this is Obama's excuse for every indictment against him.
Third lie: "Obama has always supported medical care to protect infants." FALSE. Remember this, from Obama's 2002 Senate floor speech against Born Alive?
Obama is acknowledging in that audio clip that a baby could be aborted alive but argued against calling a 2nd physician to assess and potentially provide medical care (the 1st physician being the abortionist) because it would place a "burden" on the "original decision" of the mother to abort. How much clearer can Obama's position be?
Also don't forget the Obama campaign admitted to the New York Sun on August 18 that he voted against the identical version of Born Alive as state senator that passed overwhelmingly on the federal level.
UPDATE, 11a: Michelle Malkin's all over this in a post entitled, "Who's afraid of Gianna Jessen? Answer: Barack Obama."
Obama has been drawn out.
Here it is...Continue reading "Breaking news: Obama attacks Gianna Jessen ad"
BornAliveTruth.org is getting fabulous press, as you can tell by all the news I've posted. Monday's Associated Press story ended up in over 3,000 worldwide news outlets. Our YouTube video of the Gianna ad has been viewed almost 90,000 times, and at least 6 others have posted the ad, so a total of about 130,000 have viewed it. 49 blogs and websites are linking to BornAliveTruth.org.
Here's yesterday's Washington Times piece...Continue reading "Washington Times on BornAliveTruth.org"
Last night Gianna Jessen was interviewed on Hannity and Colmes and did a FABULOUS job. Alan's arguments were pathetic.
UPDATE, 4:40p: Based on evidence presented in this post, Martin has removed "self-proclaimed" and Tapper has posted an addendum stating, "UPDATE: Jessen has posted medical records on her Web site to support her story," with a link to this website.
Kudos to both for their willingness to reanalyze their stories when presented with new information.
To be fair, speculation is warranted. So in answer to that, here are documents proving Gianna is indeed an abortion survivor. The first is Gianna's birth medical record, indicating she was "Born during Saline abortion"...
Next is Gianna's birth certificate, listing infamous abortionist "Edward C. Allred, M.D.," as the physician who delivered her. Allred is the owner of the largest group of independent abortion mills in the U.S. (click to enlarge)...Continue reading "Gianna Jessen's bonafides"
By Time/CNN's Mark Halperin on The Page this morning:
And the ABC News Jake Tapper blog this morning also included the YouTube video of the Gianna ad...Continue reading "ABC and Time/CNN on BornAliveTruth.org Gianna ads"
After largely staying on the sidelines, the types of independent groups that so affected the 2004 presidential campaign are flooding back as players in the final sprint to the election this fall, financing provocative messages on television, in mailboxes and through the Internet....Continue reading "New York Times on BornAliveTruth.org"
Yesterday friend Fran at IllinoisReview.com found this blast from the past, a photo taken the day of the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act bill signing on August 5, 2002...
That's me on the left, then President Bush and Gianna, of course.
Go to BornAliveTruth.org for more info and to donate!
Gianna just did fabulously on Hannity and Colmes. Will post interview asap.
Michael Barone, a U.S. News & World Report columnist, had the following op ed published in several news outlets, including the Boston Herald, August 31:
Barack Obama... has 3 major vulnerabilities here as I see it. One is his 20-year relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright....
Another problem is Obama's relationship with the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist bomber William Ayers....Continue reading "Three ghosts haunt Obama"
Finally, there is Obama's 2003 vote against a bill, "virtually identical" as the Obama campaign admits, to one that passed the U.S. Senate 98-0, banning the killing of fetuses who have survived abortions....
UPDATE, 7:45p: Hear the ad.
Obama's got a lot of nerve, but what else can he do? He's attempting to pull himself out of defensive mode on abortion by going on the offense. From Politico, September 2:
Barack Obama has launched a broadside against John McCain's opposition to abortion rights and moved one of the most divisive issues in modern American politics to the airwaves on a large scale for the first time in this presidential campaign.
Obama's new radio ad, airing widely in at least 7 swing states, tells voters McCain "will make abortion illegal." It's airing as McCain courts female voters with the addition of the staunchly anti-abortion governor of AK, Sarah Palin, to his ticket.
Democrats had, until now, sought to appeal to women primarily on economic issues such as health care and workplace discrimination; abortion rights were hardly mentioned at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last week....Continue reading "Obama ad slams McCain on abortion"
UPDATE, 1:40p: Americans United for Life has posted several of Palin's pro-life statements.
With McCain's announcement today that AK Gov. Sarah Palin will be his running mate, Barack Obama's abortion problem just got a whole lot bigger.
The McCain/Palin ticket offers a complete contrast to the Obama/Biden ticket on the pro-life issue.
Palin is a pro-lifer who not only talks the talk but walks the walk. Palin and her husband chose to deliver her fifth child, Trigg, earlier this year even though he was prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome. Her doctor recommended abortion but Palin and her family refused. Indeed, 90% of babies with Down syndrome are aborted in the U.S. today.
But Palin told the Anchorage Daily News in April, "We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed."
Meanwhile, Barack Obama, actively opposed legislation as IL state senator to protect little babies with Down syndrome who had survived their abortions but were being shelved in a hospital soiled utility room to die....Continue reading "McCain picks Palin!"
Tonight, just as radical pro-abortion Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama begins his acceptance speech at Denver's Invesco Field, American Right To Life will display for the second and last time the world's largest protest sign.
The location for the final unfurling of the 353,000 square-foot sign (530x666 feet) is still secret but will maximize the likelihood Obama and thousands of delegates will see the sign with their own eyes.
Beginning tonight the sign will read:
... to expose Obama's repeated opposition as state senator to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, a bill to protect abortion survivors from being relegated to death. In fact, Obama took a leadership role in defeating the bill, the identical version of which passed overwhelmingly on the national level and was deemed not threatening to abortion by NARAL....Continue reading "Breaking news: Departing Dem delegates to get final view of gigantic pro-life protest sign"
It is into the wee hours of Day 4 actually, and I'm only now able to recap yesterday. It has taken awhile to edit and upload the video at the end of this post.
First, some popular booths spotted, including the Goodnight Bush booth, selling a parody of the classic Goodnight Moon (click to enlarge)...
Here's an excerpt (yes, I bought the book; it's really pretty funny):
Goodnight ballot box
And goodnight balance of powers
And goodnight evolution...
You get the drift.
I attended a standing room only Democrats for Life press conference this afternoon. PA Senator Bob Casey, who gave a speech at last night's convention, was on hand, as was Congressman Heath Shuler of NC...Continue reading "Democrat National Convention: Day 3"
Factcheck.org has confirmed Barack Obama voted against the identical version of Born Alive as IL state senator, as was passed overwhelmingly on the federal level and then misrepresented his vote:
Obama opposed the 2001 and 2002 "born alive" bills as backdoor attacks on a woman's legal right to abortion, but he says he would have been "fully in support" of a similar federal bill that President Bush had signed in 2002, because it contained protections for Roe v. Wade.
We find that, as the [National RIght to Life Committee] said in a recent statement, Obama voted in committee against the 2003 state bill that was nearly identical to the federal act he says he would have supported. Both contained identical clauses saying that nothing in the bills could be construed to affect legal rights of an unborn fetus, according to an undisputed summary written immediately after the committee's 2003 mark-up session....Continue reading "Factcheck.org confirms Obama lied"
Here's another political cartoon that can't wait until Sunday to post, by Eric Allie, courtesy of Townhall.com:
[HT: reader S. O'Brien]
A column by David Reinhard, associate editor of the liberal Oregonian:
It's often said that it's not the crime, it's the coverup. Here, it's the crime and the coverup. Misrepresenting the reasons for a key vote is the coverup. Opposing efforts to help babies born alive in botched abortions is the crime - enabling infanticide....
At the risk of committing blasphemy, you have to ask: What's with this guy?...
A column by Joan Vennochi of the liberal Boston Globe...Continue reading "Good liberal reads on Obama's support of infanticide"
The Black Republican PAC has a new ad running in OH, taking Barack Obama on for raising taxes, for his willingness to sit down with terrorist leaders - and because he would be "the first president to support infanticide for babies who survive late term abortions." Fabulous.
[HT: readers Neetul and Moving Sale Johnson]
UDPATE, 6:50p: Here is the mp3 audio of the address.
I said the next time you'd hear from me would be from Denver, but a reader just sent this and I had to post it - John McCain's weekly radio address today, a large portion of which was spent spotlighting Obama's Born Alive vote and cover-up as well as other life issues.
From Time/CNN, August 23:
Good morning, this is John McCain, speaking to you at the end of an eventful week in the presidential campaign....
The week began with a debate of sorts between Senator Obama and me at Saddleback Church....
In case you missed it, the discussion yielded the line of the week, and maybe even of the campaign, when Pastor Rick Warren asked my opponent a very serious question. He wanted to know at what point, in my opponent's view, does a baby have human rights? Senator Obama thought about it for a moment, and came back with the reply that the question was, quote, "above my pay grade."Continue reading "McCain goes after Obama for Born Alive opposition in today's radio address"
Here was a candidate for the presidency of the United States, asked for his position on one of the central moral and legal questions of our time, and this was the best he could offer: It's above his pay grade. He went on to assure his interviewer that there is a, quote, "moral and ethical element to this issue." Americans expect more of their leaders....
The shocking extremism of that position - giving infanticide the nod over compassion and life - is profoundly embarrassing to him now.Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 8-22-08"
So he has lied about what he did. He has offered various conflicting explanations, ranging from the assertion that he didn't oppose the anti-infanticide legislation (he did), to the assertion that he opposed it because it didn't contain a superfluous clause reaffirming abortion rights (it did), to the assertion that it was unnecessary because IL law already protected the children of botched abortions (it didn't - and even if it arguably did, why oppose a clarification?).
What Obama hasn't offered, however, is the rationalization he vigorously posited during the 2002 IL senate debate....
Sean Hannity has done a fabulous job covering the Barack Obama/Born Alive scandal.
For the past 2 nights his liberal counterpart, Alan Colmes, has proposed rationale far and away from Obama's original reason for opposing the IL Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which he stated on the IL State Senate floor in 2001, at the genesis of this debate:
I just want to suggest ... that this is probably not going to survive constitutional scrutiny....
I mean, it - it would essentially bar abortions, 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. For that purpose, I think it would probably be found unconstitutional.
Colmes has maintained, quoting from last night's show, "there was already a law in place that said that in the unlikely case that an abortion would be - cause a live birth, a doctor should provide immediate medical care for any child born alive."
Here are Hannity and Colmes segments from August 20 and August 21, debating Obama's opposition to Born Alive:
Was there a law in place? As National Review Online's Ramesh Ponnuru explained in a column August 20...Continue reading "Did IL abortion law protect babies aborted alive?"
The folks at RH (i.e., Reproductive Health) Reality Check need to stop wasting Ted Turner's money by hiring morons. Yesterday one of its finest, Scott Swenson, posted this:
Spare the respect, Scott. It's not mutual and you'll soon be taking it back, although maybe not since your Pulitzer Prize nominee, Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune emailed me yesterday, "He not only misunderstood what I wrote in the first place, but he misunderstood my confirmation to him." So Swenson's denseness apparently knows no bounds. To his credit, Zorn attempted to correct Swenson's gross misrepresentation of my comment....Continue reading "RH Reality Unchecked"
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....Continue reading "Obama caught on tape arguing against giving medical attention to aborted babies"
Last night Sean Hannity interviewed me about my experience at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL, holding a baby who had been aborted alive for 45 minutes until he died.
The interview extended to Barack Obama's leadership role in opposing the IL Born Alive Infants Protection Act, to give abortion survivors legal rights.
One other point clarified during the interview: Obama denied for 4 years he voted for the identical language in IL that was passed overwhelmingly on the federal level, including a unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate. NARAL went neutral on the bill as well.
Here's the transcript.
UPDATE, 8/22, 4a: One of Hannity's producers emailed me yesterday: "Just so you know we got a jump of 100,000 people in demo (ppl btw 25-45) during your segment, which is fantastic."
Still trying to spotlight all the major news articles published today on the new revelation that Barack Obama voted against identical Born Alive legislation as IL state senator that passed on the federal level overwhelmingly.
Washington Post, today, front page:
The narrative of the presidential campaign appeared to be set on the issue of abortion: Sen. Barack Obama was the abortion-rights candidate who was reaching out to foes, seeking common ground and making inroads. Sen. John McCain was the abortion opponent....
But both those impressions have been altered since the Rev. Rick Warren's Saddleback Civil Forum in CA ....Continue reading "Washington Post article on Obama/Born Alive"
Obama's hesitant statement at the forum that defining the beginning of life is "above my pay grade" took even some supporters by surprise. Since then, the National Right to Life Committee has challenged him on an obscure law that protects babies born alive after failed abortions, saying that his opposition to the measure in the IL state legislature proves he is an extremist....
Barack Obama has painted himself into a corner by his vote against the IL Born Alive Infants Protection Act.
He made this evident at Pastor Rick Warren's Aug. 17 Saddleback Showdown.
Warren asked both presidential candidates the same questions separately. Here was his best one: "At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?"
Very simple. But Obama wouldn't answer it. His now infamous response: "Well, I think that whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."
The most adamant pro-abort will at least agree babies acquire human rights when they have completely delivered.
But Barack Obama couldn't bring himself to say, "At birth." He wouldn't confer human rights to newborns....
Continue reading, "Why Obama couldn't answer Warren's baby question," on WorldNetDaily.com.
Last night I taped a segment for Hannity's America that is going to air TONIGHT during Hannity and Colmes.
The spot was originally scheduled to run this coming Sunday, but the Democrat National Convention got in the way.
I'm glad. More viewers during the week than on weekends.
I'm told The O'Reilly Factor is going to cover the Obama/Born Alive scandal tonight as well.
Also, fyi, I'll be on Michael Reagan's radio show tonight at 7:30p EST.
Finally, a little scoop. An insider tells me Obama's camp is going "ape sh**" over all this.
Read entire article on page 2. Note again, as I noted on the Associated Press article and in my talking points post, Obama surrogates are attempting to mash reasons - particularly Born Alive's companion bills - into his new excuse for not voting for Born Alive. But these were always separate bills with separate bill numbers and separate votes. One did not hinge upon the other's passage.
New York Times, today:
Abortion, a familiar issue in elections past, has again emerged in recent days as a focus of controversy. Senator Barack Obama is coming under intense fire from anti-abortion groups because of the position he took as an IL state senator on legislation regarding the status of fetuses that survive abortion procedures....Continue reading "New York Times article on Obama/Born Alive"
From the Associated Press, today:
... "For people to suggest that I and the IL Medical Society, so IL's doctors, were somehow in favor of withholding lifesaving support from an infant born alive is ridiculous," he recently told the Christian Broadcasting Network. "It defies common sense and it defies imagination."Continue reading "Associated Press story on Obama/Born Alive"
But as a state senator, Obama repeatedly voted against that requirement and other restrictions on what opponents label "born alive" abortions. Obama says he opposed it only because of technical language that might have interfered with a woman's right to choose....
Abortion opponents say Obama's position amounts to an endorsement of killing babies, and that he has lied about it....
I spent a great deal of time on the phone with 3 reporters from major news organizations the last 2 days, and each one became frustrated with me because I wouldn't allow them to take me down rabbit trails when discussing Barack Obama's opposition to the IL Born Alive Infants Protection Act.
All 3 times, I was the call they made...after the call they made to the Obama campaign, to Planned Parenthood or to the ACLU, so I was handed their talking points to rebut.
The other side is trying to obfuscate Obama's opposition to Born Alive by saying: 1) it was part of a package of 3 bills with intolerable ramifications to abortion; and 2) although the verbiage of the federal and state bills was identical, the consequences to state law was not.
But I refused to deviate from these 2 points:
1. We now know Barack Obama as state senator voted against identical Born Alive Infants Protection Act legislation that was passed overwhelmingly on the federal level and accepted by even NARAL.
2. For 4 years Barack Obama has misrepresented his vote and must answer for that.
The exasperated New York Times reporter finally complained, "They're trying to broaden the discussion but you're trying to narrow it," as if I were the one to blame for that. I said of course they're trying to move eyes off the ball, and of course I'm trying to stay focused.
Anyway, it wasn't we who narrowed the discussion. It was Barack Obama himself, who has repeatedly stated he would have voted for Born Alive in IL had it been the same as the federal bill. He focused on one point - one bill - and so are we.
On August 14 the Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn published a refutation from the Obama campaign to the charge he did indeed oppose identical legislation as state senator to legislation passed overwhelmingly on the national level and deemed unobstrusive on abortion by NARAL.
The Obama team's protest including a chart it stated showed the "FACT: There are MAJOR differences in state and federal bills, including the fact that the federal bill included a 'Neutrality Clause'":
Yesterday the Obama campaign released a new "fact sheet" with a critical change in the chart, and an admission Obama opposed the amended Born Alive bill, which was now identical to the federal version.
One added point. Note the heading, "Language Clearly Threatening Roe."
"Clearly threatening Roe"? Then explain this, Senator Obama. Even before the hyped "neutrality clause" was added, the U.S. House voted 380-15 in September 2000 for this version, you know, the one "clearly threatening Roe." Leading pro-abort Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) stated at the time, according to World magazine:
The purpose of this bill is only to get the pro-choice members to vote against it so they can slander us and say we are for infanticide. That's why I voted for it in committee, and that's why we will vote for it on the floor.
Obama just wasn't so smart.
On August 18, the exchange between sides became heated on Hannity and Colmes on the topic of Barack Obama's opposition as state senator to the IL Born Alive Infants Protection Act.
The argument centered on whether Obama opposed the identical language that 98 of his U.S. Senate colleagues supported and that even NARAL went neutral on.
Colmes continued to assert the answer was no, even though there is proof the answer is yes. I had it confirmed last night that Colmes' people have been given the documentation. Let's see what he does with it.
Ann Coulter was fabulous...
From National Review Online, August 20:
Bereft of an argument, the Obama campaign is pounding the table.Continue reading "NRO: Ramesh Ponnuru gets it right on Obama spin"
The recent attacks on Senator Obama that allege he would allow babies born alive to die are outrageous lies. The suggestion that Obama - the proud father of two little girls - and others who opposed these bills supported infanticide is deeply offensive and insulting.* There is no room for these kinds of distortions and lies in this campaign.
Note, first, that Obama's comment about lies over the weekend referred to the National Right to Life Committee. Yet the campaign has not made a single specific allegation that any of the NRLC's statements are inaccurate, let alone dishonest. The campaign claims only that the NRLC has left out some context that exonerates Obama....
From the New York Sun, dated August 18:
Indeed, Mr. Obama appeared to misstate his position in the CBN interview on Saturday when he said the federal version he supported "was not the bill that was presented at the state level."Continue reading "Breaking news: Obama campaign changes story, admits he misrepresented Born Alive vote"
His campaign yesterday acknowledged that he had voted against an identical bill in the state Senate, and a spokesman, Hari Sevugan, said the senator and other lawmakers had concerns that even as worded, the legislation could have undermined existing Illinois abortion law. Those concerns did not exist for the federal bill, because there is no federal abortion law....
The following statement was just issued by National Right to Life Committee Legislative Director Douglas Johnson, in response to the David Brody interview with Barack Obama last night:
Since 2004, Obama has been betting that the mainstream news media will lack the interest and attention span required to get a clear picture of his actual record regarding infants who are born alive during abortions, and so far that mostly has worked for him....Continue reading "NRLC throws down gauntlet to Obama: Call your Born Alive votes forgeries"
I have to hand it to Rick Warren. Many of his questions last night to presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain were very good. This one was the best:
"At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?"
Very simple. But Obama wouldn't answer it. He wouldn't even confer human rights to newborns. He couldn't even say, "at birth," which should be the pro-abortion position of all but the Peter Singers in the world.
Obama responded...Continue reading "Obama can't say babies have human rights"
No Sunday funny today. There's nothing funny about Barack Obama's bold-faced lie to CBN's David Brody last night after the Saddleback Showdown, when he continued to maintain he did not vote against an identical bill as IL state senator to the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act:
Obama was obviously aware of the evidence provided last week by National Right to Life when making the statement. He not only continued to deny his vote in the face of 2 pieces of documentation showing otherwise but called the messenger a liar.
Again, here is Obama's March 13, 2003, vote in the IL State Senate Health & Human Services Committee, which anyone could obtain from the IL General Assembly archive (click to enlarge):
"DP#1" means "Do Pass Amendment #1." "DPA" means "Do Pass as Amended."
Obama first voted in favor of Amendment #1 and then voted against the Born Alive bill as amended. It couldn't be more clear. Furthermore, here is the Republican Senate Staff Analysis from that day, expressing the same understanding of the chain of events:
Senator Obama needs to show his own evidence that none of this is true.
[HT: moderators Jasper and Carder and pro-lifewitness.com]
This afternoon I'll be discussing Barack Obama's opposition to the IL Born Alive Infants Protection Act on Sean Hannity's radio show at 4:05p EST. You can listen live online.
Last night Hannity announced on the Hannity and Colmes Fox cable news show I would appear on Hannity's America next Sunday night. Be warned, however, that no concrete plans have been set for the interview.
Hannity made the announcement during a panel discussion on Obama's opposition to Born Alive. At least 2 panelists were previously unaware, and their response was interesting. Watch through to the end. The abortion/Born Alive issue keeps popping up.
Here's a good one.
The 1,710 word book-column at FindLaw.com looks impressive on the surface, written by Sherry Colb, "a Professor of Law and Charles Evans Hughes Scholar at Cornell Law School."
The only problem with Colb's attempt to clear Obama of his pro-infanticide position is she referenced the wrong bill. I couldn't believe it....Continue reading "Obama's absent minded law professor"
This morning Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune posted a response from the Obama campaign to this week's revelation that Obama actually did vote against an identical version of the federal Born Alive while state senator, contrary to his repeated statements over the years otherwise.
Here's what Zorn said the Obama campaign sent him:
Well, if that doesn't beat all. They're continuing to lie despite documentation. I expected many responses, but not that one.
Below is the vote tally, from the IL General Assembly archives. Anyone can get this vote tally by contacting the ILGA. Click to enlarge....Continue reading "Obama campaign continues to lie about his Born Alive vote"
Jerome Corsi, author of the book, The Obama Nation, was a guest on Hannity and Colmes August 12.
Both Hannity and Colmes spent time with Corsi discussing Obama's opposition to IL's Born Alive Infants Protection Act while state senator, legislation that would give newborn babies equal protection under the law even if aborted.
Frustratingly, none of the 3 were aware of the latest development, revealed by National Right to Life August 11: While Obama has repeatedly said he would have voted for the state Born Alive had it been an exact duplicate of the federally passed bill, the fact is he did vote AGAINST an identical version on March 13, 2003.
Note Colmes called aborted alive babies "fetuses born alive after botched abortions." These are not fetuses.
Also note the name of a nurse you know popping up a couple times.
Erick Erickson at RedState.com has subsequently challenged Colmes to stop "parrot[ing] the Obama talking points on this issue, because those talking points are dead wrong".
Conservative and new media are all over National Right to Life's August 11 revelation that, contrary to multiple statements otherwise, Barack Obama as state senator did indeed vote against identical legislation as the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act, putting him to the left of NARAL and every other US senator.
But as Warner Todd Huston writes today on NewsBusters.org, MSM has gone "mum".
I happen to know one of the big 3 network news organizations has been sitting on this since last Thursday, going so far as to pass up the chance to break the story.
Meanwhile, The Weekly Standard has a piece on this today.
And look for something by Wall Street Journal's John Fund tomorrow....Continue reading "Barack Obama pro-infanticide media coverage II"
UPDATE, 1:30p: Reader Charles wanted to learn how to pronounce the word "infanticide" on the web, and he was surprised to see the word's sponsor (click to enlarge):
UPDATE, 12:10p: Reader HisMan just forwarded this (click to enlarge)...Continue reading "Barack Obama pro-infanticide media coverage"
UPDATE, 4:30p: Ben Smith of The Politico has linked to this post.
UPDATE, 4p: Concerned Women for America has audio of an interview with me on this here.
UPDATE, 10:22a:Michelle Malkin has linked to this post.
UPDATE, 9:50a: Kathryn Lopez of National Review Online is covering the story.
Last week Doug Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee drew my attention to a previously unnoticed January 2008 article by Terence Jeffrey stating Barack Obama actually did vote against a version of the IL Born Alive Infants Protection Act that was identical to the federal version, contrary to multiple public statements Obama or his surrogates have made to rationalize his opposition to the IL bill for the past 4 years.
Since then we have found 2 separate documents proving Barack Obama has been misrepresenting facts.
In fact, Barack Obama is more liberal than any U.S. senator, voting against identical language of a bill that body passed unanimously, 98-0. In fact, Barack Obama condones infanticide if it would otherwise interfere with abortion.
Here is the statement with documentation released by NRLC this morning...Continue reading "Breaking news: New documents show Obama cover-up on born-alive survivors bill"
The Barack Obama/Born Alive issue made the UK's The Guardian today, called "smear." Oh brother on the title.
The Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn also tried in vain to bat the issue away once again today. Oh brother on the title of his piece, too....Continue reading "Obama's opposition to Born Alive goes International"
Democrat strategist Bob Beckel duked it out with The Obama Nation author Dr. Jerome Corsi on Fox & Friends August 5.
The spar is posted on YouTube. Scroll to 5:15 on the video and you'll see the conversation turned to Barack Obama's opposition to Born Alive. And "the nurse who is very famous out in Illinois" would be me....
God bless Dr. Corsi. The left wing Media Matters has tracked at least three times Corsi has stated during interviews exactly how far Obama will go in his radical support of abortion: "even late term, induced abortions where the baby lives. Obama's on record as let's kill the baby if that's what the mother wants."...Continue reading "Corsi drives libs nuts outting Obama for supporting infanticide"
I just posted on a book about to be released against Obama entitled, The case against Barack Obama.
But another similarly themed book has just come out, The Obama Nation. Its author, Dr. Jerome Corsi, of Swift Boat fame, was on Hannity & Colmes last night.
Go to 1:45 in the video below to see Corsi and Hannity briefly discuss Obama's opposition to Born Alive. The last 20 seconds of the interview is also interesting. Corsi states Obama will lose his bid for the presidency, in part for his position on social issues.
[HT: moderator Carder]
The book, The case against Barack Obama, will be released Monday, August 4, Barack Obama's birthday.
The author, David Freddoso, came to Chicago and interviewed many of us involved in the Born Alive issue as it pertained to Obama. Freddoso dedicated an entire chapter to this. I haven't read it but someone who has proclaimed it "excellent."
As you can see by the promo below, Obama's opposition to Born Alive is one of the major talking points.
That would be me.
Last night on CNN's The Situation Room, Barack Obama's hostility toward IL's Born Alive Infants Protection Act came up again, this time in a discussion of his opposition to the Partial Birth Abortion Ban:
This is the 2nd time James Carville has ducked discussion of Obama's opposition to Born Alive in favor of taking a swipe at me. Carville was obviously unprepared on June 30 for a debate on the merits of Born Alive, but almost 3 weeks later he still has had no time or an intern to do some really easy research?
Two points...Continue reading "Carville on CNN: "The nurse that brought up this thing was actually fired""
I'd heard conservative commentator Cal Thomas had led Democrat strategist Bob Beckel to the Lord and have even observed Beckel's commentating style become less abrasive on Fox over the past year.
In the July 26 issue of World magazine Marvin Olasky interviewed the pair, and my name came up in a discussion of Barack Obama. Read the World magazine piece in its entirety here. World has graciously enabled a link to the article for my readers. Following is the relevant excerpt:
Beckel: Let me be purely pragmatic about this: In politics the reason common ground will work is that polarization is bad politics in the voting booth and common ground is good politics.... Barack Obama took the message and it has been with him throughout the Democratic nomination. That'll tell you something.
World: But how will he actually pursue common ground? Let's look at one of the most difficult issues - abortion. Jill Stanek, the IL pediatric nurse, has written about appearing before Obama's committee (when he was in the IL senate) on infant born alive legislation: After a "failed" abortion when the baby is born alive, do you try to keep him alive or do you just let him die? Stanek has commented that, despite his public demeanor, Obama was heartless and callous. How is Obama going to find common ground on abortion when he doesn't even want to protect an infant already born alive?...
Beckel: I was pro-choice all my life until I came to faith and now I find it very difficult to reconcile that in biblical terms. I've had to remove myself from a number of pro-choice groups; I was on their boards. In politics you pick your fights. It is the most difficult example you put forward on Obama. I don't know where he would come down, but my guess is you probably wouldn't be able to find common ground with Obama on that issue.
Many people consider that the most pressing issue, and I understand that, but let's keep in mind here that the hard pro-life faction in this country who demand no abortions, versus the hard pro-choice faction who demand abortion at any time, are about 15% on either side. So you've got about 70% who look for some compromise. You can say, how do you compromise life? That's what we would say, but that's the reality of where the American people are. Part of common ground is approaching those issues that are doable.
[Photo courtesy of World magazine]
A CNN reporter interviewing me a couple weeks ago about Barack Obama's opposition as state senator to the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act groaned more than once that this topic was "complicated."
She was referring to Obama's various explanations through the years for blocking Born Alive and lately his outright denial that obstructing legislation declaring live aborted babies legal persons had anything to do with endorsing their death.
I finally emailed her, "It is clear: Obama strongly opposed legislation to protect abortion survivors. This is horrible, so of course he will try to make it 'complicated,' but it is not."
Obama has recently been ratcheting up the obfuscations....
Obama may have set a new record in a July 1 Relevant magazine interview, rattling four excuses in one soundbite, all previously outlined in my January 2008 column, "Obama's 10 reasons for supporting infanticide" - Nos. 1, 6, 7 and 10!...
Continue reading my column today, ""Botch an abortion? Obama would let baby die," on WorldNetDaily.com.
Many people have emailed me about Barack Obama's July 1 interview with Relevant magazine, in which he stated...Continue reading "Obama Relevant magazine interview on Born Alive"
On June 25, CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked conservative commentator Bill Bennett what question he would ask Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama if he could.
Bennett said he would ask Obama:
Why are you to the left of NARAL, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein when it comes to abortion? Are you really there?.... I got to question the guy's moral judgment who doesn't see a problem with killing a baby after it's been born.... What is the answer to that question?
Bennett was speaking about Obama's opposition to Illinois' Born Alive Infants Protection Act as state senator....
(To which Obama defender Donna Brazile responded, "Bill, you want to have a conversation about narrow issues... but the American people want to talk about gas prices....")
Over the years, Obama or his surrogates have mischaracterized Illinois' Born Alive Act and his reasons for opposing it at least 10 different ways.
But Obama's most flagrant lie, perpetuated by both NARAL* and the Obama campaign* after CNN ran a fair analysis on June 30 of Obama's opposition to Born Alive, is as NARAL wrote in a rebuttal....
Continue reading my column today, "Obama's biggest lie about supporting infanticide," on WorldNetDaily.com.
*See NARAL press release on page 2. Go here to read Obama's attempted refutation that he is pro-infanticide.Continue reading "New Stanek WND column, "Obama's biggest lie about supporting infanticide""
CNN's Carol Costello did a good deal of research and fairly reported Barack Obama's opposition to the IL Born Alive Infants Protection Act when he was state senator.
Bill Bennett added important info in a follow-up debate against James Carville.
Costello's follow-up should be to answer the question she closed with: Did Barack Obama reject the opportunity to vote for a bill identical to the federal bill?
A 527 has been launched and a website is in process to expose Barack Obama and his opposition to the IL Born Alive Infants Protection Act, in other words, his support of infanticide.
If you would like to donate to our 527 now, please make checks out to BornAliveTruth.org and mail them to:
P. O. Box 285
Mokena, IL 60448
BornAliveTruth.org will go live in the coming days, and online donations can be made then.
Bennett listeners, go here to see photos of Christ Hospital's Comfort Room. Go here to view Obama's votes and actions against IL's Born Alive Act. And to read further information on Barack Obama and Born Alive, go here to view my Obama archives.
[Graphic courtesy of The Husaria]
In response to MoveOn.org's "Not Alex" ad comes this political cartoon by Chip Bok of Townhall.com:
Here's that ad, in case you missed it:
I wonder if Bok anticipated people like me interpreting his work as I have....
From Newsmax.com, June 18:
In coming weeks, John McCain is planning to confront Barack Obama on three issues dear to conservatives' hearts.Continue reading "Breaking news: McCain to hit Obama on Born Alive"
First is Obama's support of the recent Supreme Court ruling that gives foreign enemy combatants detained at Guantanamo Bay the right to challenge their detention in federal district courts....
Second is Obama's opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, which says a state is not required to recognize same-sex marriages that are performed in other states. Congress overwhelmingly passed the bill in 1996, and Bill Clinton signed it into law.
Third is Obama's vote in 2002 as an Illinois state senator against a bill to define as a "person" a fully born baby who survived an abortion. The bill was intended to make it clear that if an abortion were botched, an infant born alive would not be killed and would receive medical care. Twice, Obama voted against various versions of the bill and twice voted "present." The Illinois bill did not pass....
Below is a listing of then-state Senator Barack Obama's votes and state senate floor speeches on IL's Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
(At right is a political cartoon by Jack Higgins, printed in the Chicago Sun-Times on August 25, 2004, during his U.S. Senate campaign.)
A package of Born Alive bills was introduced three times during Obama's tenure.
The cornerstone bill was the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, aka "Born Alive Infant Defined," which defined legal personhood to include born alive infants any time the words "person," "human being," "child," or "individual" was stated in IL law.
Following are Obama's actions and votes on Born Alive. The bill number changed every year it was reintroduced.
Senate Bill 1095, Born Alive Infant Protection Act
Obama's "no" vote in the IL Senate Judiciary Committeehere, March 28, 2001
Transcript of Obama's verbal opposition to Born Alive on the IL Senate floor, March 30, 2001, pages 84-90
Obama's "present" vote on the IL Senate floor, March 30, 2001
Senate Bill 1662, Born Alive Infant Protection Act
Obama's "no" vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, March 6, 2002
Transcript of Obama's verbal opposition to Born Alive on the IL Senate floor, April 4, 2002, pages 28-35
Obama's "no" vote on the IL Senate floor, April 4, 2002
Listen to audio from Obama's 2002 IL Senate floor debate wherein he argued that while babies might be aborted alive, it would be a "burden" to a mother's "original decision" to assess and treat them.
Meanwhile, the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act with a "neutrality clause" added passed the U.S. Senate 98-0, the U.S. House overwhelmingly, and was signed into law August 5, 2002. The pro-abortion group NARAL expressed neutrality on the bill.
Senate Bill 1082, Born Alive Infant Protection Act
Democrats took control of the IL Senate with the 2002 elections. This year Born Alive was sent to the Health & Human Services Committee, chaired by Barack Obama.
As can be seen on the vote docket, Obama first voted to amend SB1082 to add the "neutrality clause" from the federal version of Born Alive to the IL version to make them absolutely identical. (DP#1 means "Do Pass Amendment #1.)
Then Obama voted against the identical version. (DPA means, "Do Pass as Amended.)
Additional corroboration of Obama's vote: IL State Senate Republican Staff Analysis of SB 1082, March 12-13, 2003, bottom of page 2
For 4 years following his 2003 vote Obama misrepresented it, stating the wording of the IL version of Born Alive was not the same as the federal version, and he would have voted for it if so. As recently as August 16, 2008 Obama made this false assertion.
But when evidence presented was irrefutable, Obama's campaign on August 18, 2008, admitted the truth to the New York Sun.
The nonpartison group FactCheck.org has since corroborated Obama voted against identical legislation as passed overwhelmingly on the federal level and then misrepresented his vote.
I want to hug the necks of everyone associated with "Friday Night Lights" for being courageous enough to tell it like it is. I hope they win all four of the Emmys they were nominated for this month. By telling Becky's story, they empower women and girls who have struggled and made their best, most moral decisions despite difficult circumstances.
~Former Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt, commenting on a recent episode of Friday Night Lights in which a teenage girl decides to have an abortion, Washington Post, July 23
- Planned Parenthood unaccountable to Government Accountability Office
- Jivin J's Life Links 8-2-10
- Lunch Break: Dad life
- Quote of the Day 8-2-10
- Stanek mini-vacation
- Sunday funnies 8-1-10
- Quote of the Day 8-1-10
- Quote of the Day 7-31-10
- Weekend question: What do you think of Time magazine's graphic cover photo?
- (Prolifer)ations 7-30-10
- Pro-abort prank call to police results in pro-life picket at Planned Parenthood
- NARAL spent only 6.7% of the $10 million it promised during 2008 election cycle
- Jivin J's Life Links 7-30-10
- Quote of the Day 7-30-10
- Lunch Break: Hoops and YoYo - Pour us a cup of coffee
- Politico: Pro-lifers "bullish," pro-aborts "skittish"
- Quote of the Day 7-27-10
- Quote of the Day 7-26-2010
- Sunday funnies 7-25-10
- Quote of the Day 7-25-10
- Bethany's baby
- Michelle and Josie Duggar update
- World's youngest surviving baby born in Miami
- The tidal wave of death
- Naming France's fetuses
- Smackdown: Patrick Kennedy's bishop calls him "ignorant... a disappointment"
- Fox's House 4/3 pro-life episode: "Fetal position"
- "Pregnant man" gives birth to son
- Duggars welcome 18th baby
- Jackson kids potentially in custody contract quagmire
- Pedophile protecting Planned Parenthood caught again
- Toyota 52 deaths, Gardasil 49. Toyota recalled.
- Sunday funnies
- Happy Halloween, pedophile-style
- Twilight confessions
- Downing watered down sex hormones
- Animal killers vs. baby killers
- Sunday funny
- The Harder Truth
- Blessing's photo adopted