on bill describing abortion survivors as "persons,"
then lied about it
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In 2001, Senator Barack Obama was the only member of the
Illinois senate to speak against a bill that would have
recognized premature abortion survivors as "persons." The
bill was in response to a Chicago-area hospital that was leaving such
babies to die. Obama voted "present" on the bill after denouncing
it. It passed the state Senate but died in a state house
In 2003, a similar bill came before Obama’s health committee. He
voted against it. But this time, the legislation was slightly
different. This latter version was identical to the federal
Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which by then had already passed the
U.S. Senate unanimously (with a hearty endorsement even from abortion
advocate Sen. Barbara Boxer) and had been signed into law by President
Sen. Obama is currently misleading people about what he voted against,
specifically claiming that the bill he voted against in his committee
lacked "neutrality" language on Roe v. Wade. The bill did contain
this language. He even participated in the unanimous vote to put
Obama’s work against the bill to protect premature babies represents one
of two times in his political career, along with his speech against the
Iraq war, that he really stuck out his neck for something that might
hurt him politically. Unlike his Iraq speech, Obama is deeply
embarrassed about this one -- so embarrassed that he is offering a
demonstrable falsehood in explanation for his actions.
Fortunately, the documents showing the truth are now available.
Explosive Audio Found Obama arguing against BAIPA (02:14)
This audio documents Obama's evolving BAIPA lies. In it, Obama
coldly claims two doctors helping a baby born alive after a botched
abortion would be a burden for the aborting mother when he is arguing
against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA) at the Illinois
state legislature April 2002.