Video Shows Babies Left to Die After Failed Abortions in Method Obama OKed

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 30, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Video Shows Babies Left to Die After Failed Abortions in Method Obama OKed

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 30
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — A new video of a Planned Parenthood staff member in New Jersey has surfaced showing abortion centers leave babies to die who survive failed abortions. The video shows the kind of infanticide that Barack Obama opposed stopping in Illinois continues to occur.

The pro-life group Students for Life of America released the videotape Thursday of a nurse at a federally-funded Title X Planned Parenthood center describing how an abortion would be performed on a 22 week unborn child.

In the footage, the Planned Parenthood nurse describes to the pregnant woman that the abortion would entail delivering her son alive.

After the mother asks if the baby can be born alive, the nurse admits that "it does happen, but it wouldn’t be able to survive on its own so eventually the baby does die."

SFLA director Kristan Hawkins says the footage is "shocking" because it confirms that the practice of allowing infants to die after they survive a failed abortion or a purposeful premature birth continues to happen.

Hawkins also told that it confirms there was no reason for presidential candidate Barack Obama to vote four times in the Illinois legislature against a bill to make sure such infants receive appropriate medical care if they survive the late-term abortion procedure.

"I was absolutely stunned when the Planned Parenthood nurse revealed that allowing a baby to die after being born alive is a common practice for abortionists," Hawkins said.

"It begs the question of why a presidential candidate will not support human rights protections for babies born alive during an abortion procedure," Hawkins added. "This is outright infanticide, and a candidate for President defends it."

The SFLA video includes an audio clip of Senator Obama speaking out against the anti-infanticide bill in 2002 on the Illinois Senate floor. Obama attacks the Born Alive measure as burdening "the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion."

Obama has been under fire for his votes on the Illinois bills throughout the campaign and, this week, a woman who survived a failed abortion released a second television ad condemning Obama for those votes.

Jessen responds to Obama’s response to her first ad in which he called her "sleazy" for promoting a "despicable lie."

The original ad features Jessen, a young woman who survived a failed saline abortion in the late 1970s, as she chides Obama for voting repeatedly against bills in the Illinois legislature to stop infanticide.

Obama responded with his own ad that nonpartisan analysis from two fact checking groups called inaccurate.

The new Jessen ad addresses Obama’s attacks and says that she has, in fact, dealt with worse: she survived an abortion.

“Seen this ad? In it, Senator Obama personally attacks me," Jessen says, according to a script provided to "I’ve dealt with worse; I survived an abortion."

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