One of the big lies during the third debate came on the topic of #abortion. McCain said that Obama’s position on the issue is radical, including his repeated opposition to the Illinois version of the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act. Obama responded this way:
There was a bill that was put forward before the Illinois Senate that said you have to provide lifesaving treatment and that would have helped to undermine Roe v. Wade. The fact is that there was already a law on the books in Illinois that required providing lifesaving treatment, which is why not only myself but pro-choice Republicans and Democrats voted against it.
What Obama claims is factually untrue, however. The Attorney General reported that the practice of abandoning infants born alive during late-term abortions was not covered by the law. Jill Stanek and others suggested that as many as 20% of all late-term abortions resulted in a live birth. Further, Obama lied about why the bill was being proposed. Existing law was ineffective at protecting infants born alive.
And the Illinois Medical Society, the organization of doctors in Illinois, voted against it. Their Hippocratic Oath would have required them to provide care, and there was already a law in the books.
Except, there wasn’t a law on the books. No one should be surprised that the people performing the abortions and leaving the children to die would object to more oversight to prevent that practice.
Face it. Obama is not telling the truth about his oppostition to this law.
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