Monday, August 18, 2008

Obama's Abortion Extremism

Today's front-page Los Angeles Times features a strangely-titled article on abortion politics in the presidential campaign, "McCain and Obama Try to Navigate the Politics of Abortion."

It's an odd-sounding piece, in the case of John McCain, at least, as the Arizona Senator's hardly struggling to find a voice on reproductive health issues. McCain's clarity on abortion, for example, at
Saturday's Saddleback civil forum offered a striking contrast to Barack Obama's all-encompassing effort to avoid alienating anyone concerned about the right to life.

Indeed, following
his appearance with Pastor Rick Warren, Obama's abortion stance (stances?) is turning out to be a major campaign liabliity.

As a number of outlets have reported,
Obama has taken what are considered "extreme" positions on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, the name of proposed Illinois legislation that would have prohibited the destruction of fetuses born alive but not yet viable.

Nice Deb has the video from Jill Stanek, who lays out Obama's dishonesty on live infant abortions:

Building on Stanek's disussion is David Freddosso, who lays out the case against Obama's "life lies" with the precision of a courtroom prosecutor:

In 2001, Senator Barack Obama was the only member of the Illinois senate to speak against a bill that would have recognized premature abortion survivors as “persons.” The bill was in response to a Chicago-area hospital that was leaving such babies to die. Obama voted “present” on the bill after denouncing it. It passed the state Senate but died in a state house committee.

In 2003, a similar bill came before Obama’s health committee. He voted against it. But this time, the legislation was slightly different. This latter version was identical to the federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which by then had already passed the U.S. Senate unanimously (with a hearty endorsement even from abortion advocate Sen. Barbara Boxer) and had been signed into law by President Bush.

Sen. Obama is currently misleading people about what he voted against, specifically claiming that the bill he voted against in his committee lacked “neutrality” language on Roe v. Wade. The bill did contain this language. He even participated in the unanimous vote to put it in.

Obama’s work against the bill to protect premature babies represents one of two times in his political career, along with his speech against the Iraq war, that he really stuck out his neck for something that might hurt him politically. Unlike his Iraq speech, Obama is deeply embarrassed about this one — so embarrassed that he is offering a demonstrable falsehood in explanation for his actions. Fortunately, the documents showing the truth are now available.

At the end of last week, Obama gave an interview to CBN’s David Brody in which he repeated the false claim that the born-alive bills he worked, spoke, and voted against on this topic between 2001 and 2003 would have negatively affected Roe v. Wade. This has always been untrue, but, until last week, it appeared to be a debatable point that depended on one’s interpretation of the bill language. Every single version of the bill was neutral on Roe. Each one affected only babies already born, not ones in the womb.

But in 2003, in the health committee which he chaired, Obama voted against a version of the bill that contained the specific “neutrality” language — redundant language affirming that the bill only applied to infants already born and granted no rights to the unborn. You can visit the Illinois legislature’s website
here to see the language of the “Senate Amendment 1,” which was added in a unanimous 10-0 vote in the committee before Obama helped kill it.
See the post for the language of the proposed legislation. Freddosso notes that the Illinois version ended up being identical to the U.S. government's Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which was signed into law in 2002 by president George W. Bush.

Obama claimed this week that he has fully supported efforts to protect infants born as a result of induced-abortions. However, both Jill Stanek and David Freddosso demonstrate these claims as bald-face lies.

McCain and Obama
remain tied in public opinion polls, but as news of Obama's abortion extremism gets increasing attention, the survival of Democratic presidential hopes will also need protection.

Nice Deb for additional videos of Obama's lies and obfuscations.