Terry Jeffrey

In an interview with David Brody of CBN on Saturday, Barack Obama leveled a startling charge at the National Right to Life Committee.

Brody brought up the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, noting "there was some literature put out by the National Right to Life Committee. And they're basically saying they felt like you misrepresented your position on that bill."

"Let me clarify this right now," said Obama.

"Because it's getting a lot of play," said Brody.

"Well, and because they have not been telling the truth," said Obama. "And I hate to say that people are lying, but here's a situation where folks are lying. I have said repeatedly that I would have been completely in, fully in support of the federal bill that everybody supported -- which was to say -- that you should provide assistance to any infant that was born -- even if it was as a consequence of an induced abortion. That was not the bill that was presented at the state level. What that bill also was doing was trying to undermine Roe vs. Wade."

The federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act sought to protect babies who survived late-term "induced labor abortions." The act said a born baby -- living outside her mothers' womb -- would be treated like a "person."

U.S. Senate Democrats unanimously supported the act because it included language they said prevented it from having any impact on Roe v. Wade. President Bush signed the bill in 2002.

In January, I reported in this column that Obama opposed an Illinois state version of the Born Alive Infant bill in 2001, 2002 and 2003. But I initially got one thing wrong.

I reported that in 2003 the bill was assigned to the Illinois Senate Health and Human Services Committee, which Obama then chaired, along with an amendment that added -- word for word -- the federal language Democrats said protected Roe. Both the bill and the amendment were sponsored by then-Sen. Richard Winkel, now an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Relying primarily on the Illinois Senate's online bill tracking system, which says the bill was "held" in Obama's committee, I initially reported that Obama had not allowed the bill and amendment to come up for a vote.

After that column was released, I discovered this was wrong. Obama did call a vote on Winkel's bill and amendment.

To correct the record, I wrote a second column, citing former Sen. Winkel and Sen. Dale Righter, who was the ranking Republican on Obama's committee.


Terry Jeffrey

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