Abortion survivor Melissa Ohden hits President Barack Obama on the issue of abortion in a new pro-life television commercial sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony List that will run in the battleground state of Missouri.
Missouri has recently been at the center of the conversation on abortion thanks to controversial comments from its U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin concerning women, abortion and rape.
But pro-life advocates say Obama is more extreme than Akin on abortion because of his record as a state senator from Illinois, when he refused to support a law that would provide medical protection for survivors of late abortions.
“I was aborted, and my body discarded…like I didn’t exist,” Ohden says in the ad. “But a nurse heard me crying…and cared enough to save my life.”
“There’s something else you may not know…when he was in the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama voted to deny basic constitutional protections for babies born alive from a failed abortion. Not once, but four times,” Ohden continues. “I know that it is by the grace of God I am alive today…if only to ask America this question: Is this the kind of leadership that will move us forward? Leadership that would discard the least and the weakest among us?”
Ohden talked with LifeNews about the new commercial,which SBA List will spend $150,000 to fund in Missouri.
“I’m pleased to join with the SBA List in the “How Will You Answer” commercial. I have never personally felt so strongly about an election as I do about this one. We have a great opportunity to make a big difference in our nation and in the lives of the unborn this November. The question isn’t about Obama’s voting history, we know that. The question is about how each of us will answer the call to make a difference with our votes.”
This ad is the first in a series highlighting President Obama’s extremist record on abortion that the pro-life women’s group will run. The SBA List has additional ads being considered for release in North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin and, this week, the SBA List is in the midst of a five state “Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care” bus tour which has drawn attention to President Obama’s extreme record on abortion.
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“In light of the recent national discussion over abortion, it’s important Americans know the President’s best-kept secret: his extreme record on abortion. Melissa Ohden’s powerful story draws a stark contrast to his unbending support of abortion and the abortion industry and reveals the human face to this debate.” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
She told LifeNews, “President Obama’s appalling record on abortion is not just limited to his four votes to deny rights to abortion survivors but spans to his recent heartless refusal to support bans on sex-selection and late-term abortions. These actions fly in the face of mainstream American views and run counter to the President’s first term pre-election talk of finding common ground. Recent polling reveals the majority of Americans support bans on these horrific practices.”