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On abortion, Obama running fast from record

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Barbara Lyons
October 3, 2008

What does Sen. Barack Obama have against Gianna Jessen, a gifted 31-year-old woman who sings, composes, travels the world giving speeches, and runs marathons?


Jessen had the tenacity to survive an abortion attempt. Obama voted four times as an Illinois state senator against providing care and protection to babies like Gianna who are born alive after an abortion.


Obama’s votes on this matter contrast starkly to the entire U.S. Congress, which passed without dissent a 2002 federal law, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, to provide care and protection to abortion survivors.


Obama is running fast to distance himself from his record, feigning outrage whenever anyone exposes it and spinning “defenses” at will.


SPIN: Given the chance, Obama would have voted for the Illinois Born-Alive bill if it had been the same as the federal law.


FACT: Illinois documents indisputably prove that Obama voted against a bill (Illinois SB 1082, March 2003) that was virtually identical to the 2002 federal law. FactCheck.org concluded that “…Obama voted in committee against the 2003 state bill that was nearly identical to the federal act he says he would have supported.”


SPIN: No new law was needed because Illinois already had a law protecting babies who survived abortions.


FACT: Nurses testified before Congress that a Chicago hospital, right in Obama’s backyard, was performing induced labor abortions and not even providing comfort care to living, breathing survivors. The fact that the Illinois attorney general stated the hospital was breaking no law encouraged the U.S. Congress to pass a federal law and the Illinois Legislature to attempt to pass a state law.


Couple his actions against abortion survivors with his lack of support for an Illinois state partial-birth abortion ban, and you have a man whose concept of abortion “rights” is so extreme that every abortion should result in a dead baby, no matter if the baby is four-fifths or even fully outside the mother.


Obama wants taxpayers to pay for abortion demand. He told Planned Parenthood: “Well, the first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” The FOCA would overturn all federal and state laws that ban partial-birth abortions, prohibit taxpayer abortion funding and require parental involvement before a minor’s abortion.


The Wisconsin Right to Life PAC is urging people who want to protect unborn children, reduce the number of abortions and/or retain common sense restrictions on abortion to vote for Sen. John McCain. McCain’s 25-year right-to-life voting record on abortion deserves the confidence of the American public as a man who truly cares about all members of the human family.


For documentation on Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain’s records, please visit www.nrlc.org.


Barbara L. Lyons is executive director for Wisconsin Right to Life; e-mail blyons@wrtl.org.

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