Jim Brown – OneNewsNow – 7/7/2008 6:00:00 AMBookmark and Share

ObamaA pro-life activist in Illinois says Barack Obama has repeatedly mischaracterized his opposition to the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act while he was a state senator.



The Federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act was signed into law in 2002 after receiving unanimous support from the U.S. Senate. The measure that forces hospitals to give medical care to abortion survivors — if warranted — even received the backing of liberal senators Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts ), Barbara Boxer (D-California), and Hillary Clinton (D-New York).

Obama now says he did not support the Illinois measure because it “lacked the Federal language clarifying the act would not be used to undermine Roe vs. Wade.”


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Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek recently wrote a column for WorldNetDaily.com titled “Obama’s biggest lie about supporting infanticide.” She points out Obama actively opposed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act for three years in the Illinois senate.
“He voted against it. He was the sole senator speaking against it on the [Illinois] senate floor [for] two years. And the third year, he held the bill from being considered altogether in committee and killed the bill,” Stanek contends.
She says Obama’s explanation for opposing the Illinois bill does not pass the straight-face test because, as a committee chairman, he blocked the measure’s sponsor from adding the federal language protecting Roe vs. Wade. That federal provision says the bill does not deny or add rights to the species Homo sapiens before birth.
Stanek fought to stop “live-birth abortion” after holding a live aborted baby at a Chicago-area hospital where she worked as a registered nurse.
“Barack Obama is now saying that, had that provision been in the Illinois bill he would have voted for it, which is absolutely false – because in 2003, the senate sponsor tried to add that provision and Barack Obama, as the chairman of the committee where the bill was being held, disallowed him from adding that provision, disallowed me from testifying, disallowed the committee from even voting on it. So, it sat in committee for 22 months,” Stanek explains.
She reveals it was not until Obama left the Illinois Senate that the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act passed in August of 2005.