A pro-life women’s group, the Susan B. Anthony List, is running ads in the state of New Hampshire that remind voters of the fact that President Obama failed to support a bill in the Illinois legislature to stop infanticide.
Obama failed to support the Born Alive Infants Protection Act to ensure babies who survive failed abortions receive appropriate medical care.
The text of the ads:
I’m Jill Stanek, a Chicago nurse. I was outraged when I discovered that babies who were born alive because of botched abortions were being left to die. I worked to protect these babies with the Infant Born Alive Act in the Illinois legislature, but state Sen. Barack Obama fought against the bill and voted against it four times. Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion president we’ve ever had. That’s why this Chicagoan is voting for life and against Barack Obama. I hope you will too. This message was paid for by the Susan B. Anthony List. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committees. sba-list.org.
When Obama was running for the U.S. Senate in 2004, his opponent criticized him for supporting infanticide by voting against the Illinois version of the bill. Obama countered this charge by claiming that he had opposed the state bill because it lacked the neutrality clause found in the federal version.
As the Chicago Tribune reported on October 4, 2004, “Obama said that had he been in the U.S. Senate two years ago, he would have voted for the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, even though he voted against a state version of the proposal.”
During Obama’s 2008 run for President, he repeated those claims.
Documents obtained by the National Right to Life Committee showed Obama’s claim that he would have voted for the bill had it been Roe-neutral is a false argument.
According to the documents from the Illinois legislature, Obama, as the chairman of the Illinois state Senate Health and Human Services Committee, presided over a committee meeting concerning neutrality language that was an exact duplicate of the clause in the federal bill.
During the March 2003 committee, Obama voted in support of adding the neutrality clause, but then led his colleagues on the panel in voting down the anti-infanticide bill on a 6-4 vote.
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“Barack Obama, as chairman of an Illinois state Senate committee, voted down a bill to protect live-born survivors of abortion,” NRLC legislative director Douglas Johnson told LifeNews.com at the time.
Johnson said Obama did so “even after the panel had amended the bill to contain verbatim language, copied from a federal bill passed by Congress without objection in 2002, explicitly foreclosing any impact on abortion.”
“Obama’s legislative actions in 2003 — denying effective protection even to babies born alive during abortions — were contrary to the position taken on the same language by even the most liberal members of Congress,” Johnson continued.
“The bill Obama killed was virtu