Obama Lied, Babies Died

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: Aug 12, 2008 8:39 AM
That's the title of my Glamour post today. I'm copied it below and here's the link to my Townhall story on the same topic with interviews from National Right to Life and conservative author David Freddoso. He just published "The Case Against Barack Obama" which devotes and entire chapter to painstakingly documents Obama's radical stance on abortion.
Barack Obama has been caught lying about his gruesome opposition to legislation to require health officials to provide care to babies who survived abortion as an Illinois state senator by the National Right to Life Committee.

Yes, that's what I wrote. Babies who survived abortion. Jill Stanek is a former Chicago nurse who once cradled a baby who wasn't properly aborted as he died because the law wouldn't permit her to give the baby life-saving medical treatment. After that experience she became a pro-life advocate and  was fired from her job because of her activism. She testified in favor of a law to give those babies care before the Illinois state senate and then the U.S. Senate. Sadly, her testimony wasn't able to sway hardline liberals in Illinois. Obama was one of those hardliners. At that time he was an Illinois state senator and chairman of the health committee.  In that position, he voted to kill the bill. On the federal level, the bill passed the Senate 98-0, without a single opponent. Not even known abortion rights supporters like  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.) or Sen. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.) would take the position Obama did.

Obama's campaign has viciously attacked conservative opponents who have rightly criticized his extreme position on this bill. Obama's answer has always been that he would have supported his state?s version of the "born alive" bill if it included language to protect abortion rights guaranteed by Roe v. Wade. He's written this in his book Audacity of Hope and made this assertion through campaign statements.

Now there's documentation showing Obama did vote against a version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act that contained language to protect abortion rights identical to language contained in the federal bill. The National Right to Life Committee has posted documents online showing votes in the health committee that Obama chaired to amend the born alive bill to contain the "neutrality act" included in the federal bill. The members of his committee, Obama included, voted 10-0 to put the clause in before holding a final vote on the bill.  Promptly after the clause was added, the committee voted 6-4 to kill it. Obama voted in the majority. The record of those votes is posted here.

Obama needs to come clean about his sickening record on abortion. He should explain why he opposed a bill that passed the U.S. Senate 98-0. And,I think he owes the pro-lifers who have reported his position correctly a swift apology.