GOP Sends Mailer to North Carolina Voters on Obama’s Votes on Abortion Bill
by Steven Ertelt
October 20, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The national Republican Party has sent a mailer to thousands of voters in North Carolina targeting Barack Obama’s pro-abortion views. The mailer highlights his votes against bills in the Illinois legislature that would have required medical care for newborns who survive failed abortions.
While Congress almost unanimously approved a similar bill, with John McCain supporting it, Obama voted against the measure on four occasions.
"When it comes to the right to life, Barack Obama doesn’t share our values," the headline of the piece reads. "Barack Obama, not who you think he is."
The piece references Chicago-area nurse Jill Stanek, who blew the whistle on one hospital leaving babies to die in a soiled utility room when they survived botched abortions.
Noting Obama’s vote against the bill to provide care in his own committee, the GOP mailer cites the disparity between Obama and abortion advocates in Congress who approved the similar bill.
"That’s right, even abortion rights advocates like John Kerry and Hillary Clinton voted for the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that Barack Obama opposed," the mailer says.
Stanek calls the mailer "perfect" and takes to task liberal bloggers who claim it is inaccurate — citing documents from the Illinois legislature and nonpartisan analysis showing Obama misleading about his votes and the reasons for them.
Douglas Johnson, the legislative director of National Right to Life, also noted the accuracy of the Republican Party mailer.
He says the mailing is especially poignant because of Obama’s erroneous remarks during last week’s final presidential debate.
"Obama now claims that he did not support the bill because Illinois already had a law to protect babies who are born alive during abortions," Johnson explains. "The claim is highly misleading, because the law to which he refers did not apply to most of the cases that were occurring."
"The claim also conflicts with statements he made at the time (2001-2003), which show that he understood that the bill would cover babies not then currently covered, and which he opposed on pro-abortion ideological grounds," Johnson adds.
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