Barack Obama Says Pro-Life Group Lying About His Pro-Infanticide Votes
by Steven Ertelt
August 17, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Barack Obama has some harsh words for a leading pro-life group that has exposed his misrepresentations about his votes against two bills that would have stopped infanticides. Obama goes as far as saying the National Right to Life Committee is lying about his record.
At issue are votes Obama cast during his tenure in the Illinois legislature.
He voted repeatedly against a bill that would have made sure babies who survive botched abortions get adequate medical care. He did so, he maintains, because it contained a provision that could have gone against Roe v. Wade.
As NRLC noted from official legislative documents, Obama supported an amendment that would have mitigated his concerns about Roe — yet he voted against the bill anyway.
As a result, NRLC says Obama has misrepresented his position and deceived the public.
Obama lashed out against NRLC officials in a weekend interview with CBN News correspondent David Brody.
"They have not been telling the truth," he said. "And I hate to say that people are lying, but here’s a situation where folks are lying."
"I have said repeatedly that I would have been completely in, fully in support of the federal bill that everybody supported – which was to say –that you should provide assistance to any infant that was born – even if it was as a consequence of an induced abortion," he added.
"That was not the bill that was presented at the state level. What that bill also was doing was trying to undermine Roe vs. Wade," Obama claimed.
"So for people to suggest that I … [was] somehow in favor of withholding life saving support from an infant born alive is ridiculous," he continued. "It defies commonsense and it defies imagination and for people to keep on pushing this is offensive and it’s an example of the kind of politics that we have to get beyond."
"It’s one thing for people to disagree with me about the issue of choice, it’s another thing for people to out and out misrepresent my positions repeatedly, even after they know that they’re wrong," he told CBN News. "And that’s what’s been happening."
LifeNews.com talked with National Right to Life legislative director Douglas Johnson about the dustup and he said Obama has been hoping to get away with the deception and is now upset that pro-life advocates are calling him on it when the mainstream media won’t.
"Since 2004, Obama has been betting that the mainstream news media will lack the interest and attention span required to get a clear picture of his actual record regarding infants who are born alive during abortions, and so far that mostly has worked for him," Johnson said.
He told LifeNews.com that, in the interview, "Obama tripled his bet on that proposition by calling us liars."
"He also relied on diversionary verbal smokescreens, but without directly addressing the newly discovered 2003 documentation that proves the falsity of his account," Johnson added.
Johnson said Obama has to either admit he’s lying about his reasons for opposing the anti-infanticide bill or make the claim that the Illinois legislature is wrong in its documentation of his votes.
"We now challenge Obama to either declare the two 2003 legislative documents to be forgeries and call for an official investigation, or else apologize for his four years of misrepresentation on the issue of babies who are born alive during abortions — and for calling us liars."
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