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While president, Obama has not yet stood apart from his party or advisors. To find an example of daring leadership on the part of Obama, you have to go back to his days in the Illinois State Senate…. 

Illinois Senate Bill 1095 was named the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA)….

The goal of BAIPA was to fill the gap so that the surviving child of an abortion would receive the immediate care and legal protections all other newborns receive…. (i.e., no infanticide)

This is where Illinois Senator Obama’s fearless three-year stand on principle began…. Senator Obama, sitting on the Judiciary Committee, voted “No,” and the bill later failed to pass the Democrat-controlled House. “We at Planned Parenthood view those as leadership votes,” said the abortion company’s Illinois president and CEO, Pam Sutherland.

The bill… was reintroduced by the Republican-controlled Senate…. It received two “No” votes by Senator Obama – his committee vote in March and his vote on the Senate floor in April…. Obama explained his “No” votes this way: “What we are doing here is to create one more burden on women, and I can’t support that.”

Later that year the Federal BAIPA was signed into law by President George W. Bush.

The third Illinois BAIPA bill… was introduced in February 2003 in a Democrat-controlled Senate. This time Senator Obama was the chairman of the committee where he voted “Yes” in favor of adopting the federal BAIPA language, making the Illinois bill an exact copy of the federal law. Later that same day Senator Obama voted “No” on the bill, and it failed again in the Democrat House.

Senator Obama explained, “…physicians are already required to use life-saving measures when fetuses are born alive during abortions.” He further elaborated in a 2006 USA Today op-ed: “I can’t impose my religious views on another.”…

The Illinois BAIPA bill was signed into law one year after Obama left the Illinois Senate….

Not a single Democrat in the US Senate voted against the federal (anti-infanticide) BAIPA bill.

~ Karl Ushanka, American Thinker, March 31

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