Thursday, August 21, 2008

Obama and abortion. Getting attention at last.

The reason the story regarding Obama and his vote to kill a bill protecting babies born alive following botched abortions is getting more attention is not, unfortunately, because of the horror of letting babies born alive die in soiled linens, as the nurse who witnessed these things talked about to the Illinois Senate, but because Obama has insisted that the National Right To Life is lying.

The problem is they are not and Obama is.

At issue is an Illinois bill in 2003 called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that Mr. Obama voted against, which was modeled on federal legislation enacted the previous year declaring that in failed abortions resulting in a live birth, the baby must be given normal medical treatment. This was in response to a gruesome practice whereby abortions involving induced labor were resulting in unintended live births - and those infants were simply being left to die. It had passed the U.S. Senate without any dissent.

Mr. Obama contended that he "would have been completely in, fully in support of the federal bill that everybody supported," but that he voted against the 2003 Illinois bill because "that was not the bill that was presented at the state level." Except that it was.

As it turns out - and as even Mr. Obama's campaign admitted Monday to the New York Sun - the National Right to Life Committee wasn't lying; Mr. Obama was. The specific difference cited by Mr. Obama in the CBN interview was that the Illinois bill didn't contain the federal legislation's language explicitly stating that it would not "undermine Roe vs. Wade." (This was not merely off-the-cuff, as the campaign had issued a written statement to CNN in June offering the same rationale.) Not only did the bill contain the exact provision from the federal bill, but Mr. Obama voted in favor of adding it as an amendment. After the state bill was changed to be almost identical to the unanimously passed federal law, Mr. Obama voted against it.


Regardless of the reasons for his vote, Mr. Obama cannot say that his critics are lying. He did oppose a bill virtually identical to the one unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate. And now, five years later, he might end up paying a political price for that decision.

There is a reason NARAL abandoned long time friend Hillary Clinton. We need to pay attention to these things because they will affect a lot more than abortion laws.

Discovering Obama's radical views on abortion is really what made me take a much harder look at him. As I posted previously, this is what the nurse who testified for the bills had to say about Obama:

From Human Events:

Jill Stanek, a registered delivery-ward nurse who was the prime mover behind the legislation after she witnessed aborted babies' being born alive and left to die, testified twice before Obama in support of the Induced Infant Liability Act bills. She also testified before the U.S. Congress in support of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.

Stanek told me her testimony "did not faze" Obama.

In the second hearing, Stanek said, "I brought pictures in and presented them to the committee of very premature babies from my neonatal resuscitation book from the American Pediatric Association, trying to show them unwanted babies were being cast aside. Babies the same age were being treated if they were wanted!"

"And those pictures didn't faze him [Obama] at all," she said.

And if that isn't bad enough:

As a senator, Obama has opposed measures to criminalize those who transport minors across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion.

At a townhall meeting in Ottawa, Ill., Joanne Resendiz, a teacher and mother of five, asked him: "How are you going to vote on this, keeping in mind that 10, 15 years down the line your daughters, God forbid, could be transported across state lines?"

Obama said: "The decision generally is one that a woman should make."

Yeah, but this is the thing Mr. Obama, minors aren't women yet. They are still children and they shouldn't be intimidated by boyfriends to have abortions and be taken across state lines so the girl's parents won't find out she is having surgery!

I did not know that Obama had such a radical view of abortion. I realize that many don't want abortion completely outlawed. But I always felt hope that there were things we could all agree that would reduce abortions and the agony of women.

It doesn't look like Obama would agree to any of those things.