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"Life Lies: Barack Obama and Born-Alive." By David Freddoso

From today's National Review Online.

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 committee.

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 Bush.

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 it in.

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.

At the end of last week, Obama gave an interview to CBN’s David Brody in which he repeated the false claim that the born-alive bills he worked, spoke, and voted against on this topic between 2001 and 2003 would have negatively affected Roe v. Wade. This has always been untrue, but, until last week, it appeared to be a debatable point that depended on one’s interpretation of the bill language. Every single version of the bill was neutral on Roe. Each one affected only babies already born, not ones in the womb.

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Comments (3)

Frank,

Although this isn’t directly related to this post, I want to say that it is going to be great to read your refutation of McDonagh’s review of your book. McDonagh has not convinced me, but she has stumped me for the reasons I mentioned your previous post about McDonagh’s review (below a few posts). I’ll probably understand the arguments better after reading your arguments in the aforementioned paper.

Odd that this information took so long to come out. Don't people donate lots of money to groups and political advisers that are supposed to be on top of this?

Apparently in a January 16, 2008 Human Events column, Terrence Jeffrey noted this falsehood back in January, but nobody noticed, including the Obama campaign.

Barack Obama's book, "The Audacity of Hope," features a appealing title. It has a taste of bravery mixed confidently. There's nothing Pollyanna concerning this. I won't support every part he tells, but he's our president, and then for me, he inspires trust. That may do more for a region than any number of backroom deals. Hope gives us energy, and energy sustains us through trying times. Boy, we've had them. I'm from West Texas, and I did not vote for Bush. When McCain ran against Obama, I used to be a citizen of Arizona, but I gave audacious hope a chance. The fight for progress and laying the foundations of prosperity will not be over. I've seen the quips of those that don't believe Obama is capable of doing it. But step back a second. Would anyone have all of us fail only to tarnish the star of an incumbent for whom they didn't vote? Trying to keep our priorities straight, let's work together with this president and build our future.

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