Sunday, September 21, 2008

Obama Lies About His Abortion Record

A new ad from Team Barry calls the claim that he tried to thwart the Born Alive Infants Protection Act a "despicable lie." Unfortunately, it is Obama who is lying. The woman pictured at right, Gianna Jessen, survived an abortion in the 1970's. She appears in an ad chastising Senator Obama for voting in a way that would have left her for dead. More details here. In fact, when he was an Illinois State Senator, Obama actively opposed the "Born Alive Infant Protection Act." Obama claims his opposition was due to the act not protecting doctors and nurses practicing abortions. But that is a lie, as the act included the same language that is now in the similarly named federal bill.

Obama is also trying to hide his support for abortions in general, including federal funding. His defenders in the New York Times have decried an issues ad aimed at his record of supporting taxpayer funding of abortions and overturning state restrictions on abortions, calling it Swift Boat campaigning. You can debate the merits of campaign finance law, but not the truth of Obama's extreme pro-abortion positions. Over at "Between Two Worlds" you can see a video of Obama promising to pass the "Freedom of Choice Act." If you read the proposed bill you might reasonably ask, "Where is the taxpayer funding of abortions in there?" In two places. First, the bill calls abortion a "matter of reproductive health." If enacted, such language would require all providers of Medicaid, Medi-Cal or other taxpayer funded health care for the poor to also provide abortions, as a matter of non-discrimination. Second, the bill makes abortion a fundamental right codified into law. When someone gets rights like these (such as the right to a lawyer for the accused), we all know who foots the bill. That's right boys and girls, the taxpayers. Also, the language of the bill explicitly overrides every state law restricting abortion and makes them subordinate to this proposed federal law.

Whenever his record is brought to light, Obama plays hardball on the abortion issue. He wouldn't be counter-attacking with such vehemence if his team didn't think his record on this issue wasn't such a lose. I think he could lose Pennsylvania on this issue, for example, and that might be game over.

Finally, your heart has to go out to Gianna Jessen, who sufferes from cerebral palsey as a result of the botched attempt on her life. I would like to leave you with her response to Obama's counterattack on her:

Jessen responded to the ad and told "Obama is clearly blinded by political ambition given his attack on me this week."

"All I asked of him was to do the right thing: support medical care and protection for babies who survive abortion – as I did 31 years ago," she said. "He voted against such protection and care four times even though the U.S. Senate voted 98-0 in favor of a bill identical to the one Obama opposed."

"In the words of his own false and misleading ad, his position is downright vile," Jessen continued."Obama said at the recent Saddleback Forum that the question of when babies should get human rights was above his pay grade. Such vacillation and cowardice would have left me to die if his policies were in place when I was born. Thank God they were not," she said.



Dean said...

"a matter of reproductive health"

One of vested parties potentially involved in this situation would question that contention.

K T Cat said...

What a very strange president he would make. When he had to make a firm decision, what would happen? He doesn't seem to be able to take responsibility for anything.

paull12 said...

M-T Suit, M-T words!! A strange president indeed!!