The National Right to Life Committee continues to challenge Barack Obama for his stance on abortion and his roll in the Illinois, Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. One should reasonably ask, “What did the BAIPA do?”
It established in black-letter law that for all legal purposes, any baby who was entirely expelled from his or her mother, and who showed any of the specified signs of life (breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles), was to be regarded as a legal person for however long he or she lived, and that this applied whether or not the birth was the result of an abortion or of spontaneous premature labor.
Barack Obama voted against this bill.
When David Brody confronted Obama about it, he called the NRLC liars and repeated his claim that the NRLC was lying during his interview with Pastor Rick Warren. Later, Obama had to admit they were correct. Fact Check confirmed this in August, stating,
… Obama’s claim is wrong. In fact, by the time the HHS Committee voted on the bill, it did contain language identical to the federal act.
Obama then claimed it was because the bill lacked certain language he thought it needed. Again, he lied.
The NRLC uncovered documentation that refuted Obama’s contention that he voted against SB1082 because it didn’t have the same “neutrality clause” of the federal BAIPA that protected abortionists.
Barack Obama owes the NRLC an apology for calling them liars, and he owes the American people an explanation of why he really opposed this bill. It would have prevented no abortions, but would have required doctors to provide normal care for infants born alive after surviving an abortion.
Obama pretends that existing law already required this, but he knows that’s a lie as well. The Attorney General told the legislature that the law didn’t prevent this from happening, and that the legislature needed to make the law more clear. That’s why the legislature considered this bill on three separate occasions. Obama voted against it all three times, and killed it in his committee in 2003.
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While conservative bloggers have criticized Barack Obama for his views on abortion and what amounts to infanticide, it is significant that even the NY Times looks askance at Obama’s opposition to this bill. The Chicago Tribune has articles here and here that are lengthy and, to me, stunning.