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Obama Argues For Infanticide

Jill Stanek says that the Illinois General Assembly destroys audiotapes of its floor debates after transcripts have been written. That is why there is precious little audio, if any, of Barack Obama as state senator making any speeches.

But a pro-life sleuth has found a short audio clip on the Chicago Tribune website of Obama arguing on the IL Senate floor on April 4, 2002, against Senate Bill B1663, a companion bill to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that would have required an abortionist to call a second physician to assess a baby aborted alive.
 

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Here is the senate transcript to ensure the comment is heard in context.
 

Obama opposed SB1663 arguing he had "confidence" that the abortionist -- who was invested in attempting to kill the child pre-delivery -- would not mind revealing his or her botch by calling a 2nd physician to ensure the child was given proper medical attention and revived if possible.
 

Obama thought it remarkable to suspect an abortionist of having a subjective medical opinion about his new second patient. It didn’t occur to Obama that the abortionist might also be invested in seeing the baby dead to preclude malpractice lawsuits down the road if the baby were found not to have pre-birth diagnosed defects, an overriding reason for these late-term induced labor abortions.
 

But Obama’s most telling statement from the clip was to say this bill "is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion."

In other words, if a baby were to survive his or her abortion, the death plan marked out for this child should be carried out nonetheless.

It's Above My Pay Grade

The entire issue of abortion involves determining when a baby becomes a person.  If Obama thinks this is above his pay grade, then he probably shouldn’t be running for political office.  If a baby is a person at conception, then abortion is murder.  If Obama doesn’t believe that abortion is murder, then he can’t believe in the personhood, the humanity, of an embryo or fetus -- not unless he’s some kind of monster.

Obama side-stepped a pointed query about abortion on Saturday by "mega-pastor" Rick Warren during a televised forum.

Asked at what point a baby gets "human rights," Obama, who strongly supports abortion rights, said: "… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity … is above my pay grade."

As President -- even as Senator -- Obama is expected to have an answer for this.  Quite literally, there is no higher pay grade in the US government, and abortion is one of the issues he has to face.  If he can’t face it, then he should go back to community organization and leave politics for people who can.  John McCain had no trouble answering the same question.  Obama dodged it -- and for good reason: his answer would have exposed his radical views.
Obama's First Priority
Almost one year has passed since Obama made his vow to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that abortion would be the first priority of his administration.

"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act," Obama said in his July, 2007,  speech to abortion advocates worried about the increase of pro-life legislation at the state level.

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is legislation Obama has co-sponsored along with 18 other senators that would annihilate every single state law limiting or regulating abortion, including the federal ban on partial birth abortion.
Most Pro-Abortion Candidate Ever
Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate ever.

He is so pro-abortion that he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede -- as he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois Senate floor -- that these babies, fully outside their mothers' wombs, with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact "persons."

The Illinois bill that Obama refused to support had language identical to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that passed the U.S. Senate 98-0, with such senators as Barbara Boxer voting in favor.

But who cares about such stuff when gas is over four bucks a gallon?  Not Donna Brazile or the MSM, apparently.
Obama's 10 Reasons For Supporting Infanticide
Following are 10 excuses Obama has given through the years for voting "present" and "no" on the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act, or BAIPA.

10. Babies who survive abortions are not protected by the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.

Obama, the sole opponent ever to speak against BAIPA, stated on the Illinois Senate floor on March 30, 2001:

"I just want to suggest ... that this is probably not going to survive constitutional scrutiny."
 
"Number one, whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we're really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a -- child, a 9-month-old -- child that was delivered to term. …"

"I mean, it -- it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute.  For that purpose, I think it would probably be found unconstitutional."

Read the other 9 reasons for supporting infanticide here.
100% Rating From NARAL -- Three Years Running
The Christian Defense Coalition is launching a new campaign focused on painting Obama, who received a 100% rating from NARAL in 2005,2006 and 2007, as "The Abortion President."

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, says Obama would have "the most extremist policies on abortion of any President in history.  Senator Obama's views on abortion are so radical that he even wants American citizens to pay for them.  This would include Catholics, Evangelicals and all people of faith.  He would also expand abortion rights through his passionate support of The Freedom of Choice Act."
Obama Authorizes Human Embryonic Stem Cells For Experiments
NewsMax.com is reporting that Obama has authorized the first human embryonic stem cells for experiments by federally funded scientists under its new stem cell policy.  The National Institutes of Health Director, Francis Collins, revealed the 13 stem cell lines Wednesday.

"What we are announcing today is just the beginning," Collins told a press briefing.  "This is the first down payment on what is going to be a much longer list . . . that will empower the scientific community to explore the potential of embryonic stem cell research."

Children’s Hospital Boston has 11 of the approved lines, and Rockefeller University in New York has the other two.

Collins said the 13 lines conformed exactly to the new guidelines established in June regarding informed consent by embryo donors.  Embryonic stem cells are grown from the cells of a five-to-six-day old embryo.  They are unspecialized cells that can grow into every type of body tissue.  Researchers want to utilize the cells to learn about embryonic development, test drug treatments and possibly grow replacement organs for people afflicted with serious diseases, such as cancer.

In 2001, President Bush restricted federal funding of the embryonic stem cell research to already existing lines.  The idea was to respect ethical objections to the destruction of embryos.

Federal funding is still prohibited for destruction of embryos to gather the cells.  But if private money finances the destruction, Obama’s new rules permit federally-backed research on stem cells grown from those embryos.  The approved lines came from embryos freely donated by fertility patients for research.  The NIH will look at another 20 cell lines Friday under a different evaluation process for cell lines that match the "spirit" of the consent rules.

"We are just seeing today the beginning of potential flood of stem cell lines," Dartmouth bioethicist Ronald Green, told USA Today.

There is strong opposition to the new policy.  "Ethically, we don't think any taxpayer should have to fund research that relies on destroying early human life at any stage," Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told The Washington Post.
Taxpayer Funding Of Abortion
CNSNews.com is reporting that If you want proof that Obama's Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio).

Boehner and other Republicans point to reports that the Health and Human Services Department is giving Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new high-risk insurance pool that will cover any abortion that is legal in the state.

"The fact that the high-risk pool insurance program in Pennsylvania will use federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortions is unconscionable," Boehner said in a statement on Tuesday.
    

"Just last month at the White House, I asked President Obama to provide the American people with a progress report on the implementation of his Executive Order, which purports to ban taxpayer-funding of abortions.  Unfortunately, the President provided no information, and the American people are still waiting for answers."

    
UpdateObama administration approves second set of abortion funding under ObamaCare.

RelatedU.S. Taxpayers Funding Kenyan Pro-Abortion Campaign.
Obama’s Abortion Extortion
Emily Miller says Obama is holding $4 billion in Medicaid funding hostage in an effort to force Indiana taxpayers to underwrite the biggest threat to unborn life: abortion.  On June 1, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) disapproved Indiana’s Medicaid State Plan over a new state law restricting taxpayer subsidies for abortion mills.

On Thursday, 28 Senate Republicans fired off a letter demanding CMS Administrator Donald Berwick reconsider. "If this administration cuts off all of Indiana’s Medicaid matching funds, that would be an outright declaration that it cares more about the abortion lobby than about allowing states to run their own programs free of Washington interference," Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Senate Finance Committee’s ranking member, told The Washington Times.

In early May, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels closed a loophole meant to circumvent the Hyde Amendment and funnel taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, an organization which "commingles Medicaid reimbursements with other revenues it receives," according to the state’s attorney general.  Planned Parenthood of Indiana performed 5,580 abortions in 2010 and received more than $2 million in government funding, according to its annual report.  Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America.

Indiana’s statute is the first in the nation to cut off Medicaid funding and other sources of tax dollars for "any entity that performs abortions or maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed" (except hospitals and surgical centers).  Medicaid, a mandated health program for the poor, is jointly funded by federal and state taxpayers.  Planned Parenthood immediately filed suit against the state in federal court over the law.  U. S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said she will decide by July 1 if Indiana must reinstate Medicaid funding to abortion providers.

Berwick’s June 1 had said Indiana’s plan for Medicaid funding was denied until abortion law is rescinded.  "Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers from providing services that are funded under the program because of a provider’s scope of practice," Berwick wrote to Indiana in the rejection letter.  He added that "such a restriction would have a particular effect on beneficiaries’ ability to access family planning providers."

The CMS decision was based on a narrow interpretation of Title XIX of the Social Security Act which claims women will be cut off from other health procedures if Planned Parenthood doesn’t receive funding from the public.  "Given the concerning loopholes in funding family planning facilities that also perform abortions, Indiana has the right to ensure taxpayer dollars do not fund operational costs for abortions through facilities such as Planned Parenthood," Mr. Hatch countered.

Hoosiers have every right to deny giving their tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, which can’t provide any certainty to pro-lifers that the dollars used to turn on the lights aren’t being used to terminate babies.  "In trying to protect the financial bottom line of the abortion industry, the Obama administration once again demonstrates its goal of imposing a radical abortion agenda on the nation," David N. O’Steen, executive director of National Right to Life, told The Washington Times.

Indiana needs to continue fighting back and stop the pro-abortion Obama from wielding his political power against the unborn.   Our freedom means very little if the most fundamental right of all -- the right to life itself -- isn’t protected.
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