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Monday, August 18, 2008

Barack Obama Vs. the National Right to Life Committee

Imagine if it was discovered that several years ago John McCain supported a bill that not only called for full privatization of Social Security but it mandated that all private investment would be forced into penny stock. Imagine, further, if the AARP discovered McCain's support for this bill and put their findings on their website. Imagine if McCain then went onto FoxNews and furiously denied his support for this bill and called the AARP liars. Imagine even further if later on his campaign acknowledged that the AARP was correct. What do you think the media coverage of such a story would be?

That is the situation we have now, only it is Barack Obama not John McCain. It is abortion not social security, and instead of wall to wall media coverage the coverage is only found in the right blogosphere.

In 2001, Barack Obama headed the Health and Human Services committee in the Illinois Senate. In that committee, a bill was killed, one he voted against, that would have made it illegal to allow a child to die when an abortion was botched. As if it isn't shocking enough that Barack Obama actually voted to allow babies to die, Obama furiously confronted anyone that dared call him out on it. Barack Obama called Bill Bennett a liar when Bennett dared to call Obama out on this matter.

More recently though, the National Right to Life Committee.National Right to Life Committee challenged Barack Obama on this matter as well. Obama has long maintained that he voted against this bill because it didn't have language in there that made the bill neutral on the issue of abortion. The National Right to Life Committee.National Right to Life Committee had documents that showed otherwise. They found proprietary documents from the Illinois State Senate that showed that Barack Obama did infact vote for an addendum to said bill that would put in neutral language on abortion. Furthermore, then his committee killed the bill with the addendum on a party line vote. Here is what Barack Obama said to David Brody of the Christian Broadcast Network.

Brody: Real quick, the born alive infant protection act. I gotta tell you that's the one thing I get a lot of emails about and it's just not just from Evangelicals, it about Catholics, Protestants, main -- they're trying to understand it because there was some literature put out by the National Right to Life Committee. And they're basically saying they felt like you misrepresented your position on that bill.

Obama: Let me clarify this right now.

Brody: Because it's getting a lot of play.

Obama: Well and because they have not been telling the truth. And I hate to say that people are lying, but here's a situation where folks are lying. I have said repeatedly that I would have been completely in, fully in support of the federal bill that everybody supported - which was to say --that you should provide assistance to any infant that was born - even if it was as a consequence of an induced abortion. That was not the bill that was presented at the state level. What that bill also was doing was trying to undermine Roe vs. Wade. By the way, we also had a bill, a law already in place in Illinois that insured life saving treatment was given to infants.

So for people to suggest that I and the Illinois medical society, so Illinois doctors were somehow in favor of withholding life saving support from an infant born alive is ridiculous. It defies commonsense and it defies imagination and for people to keep on pushing this is offensive and it's an example of the kind of politics that we have to get beyond. It's one thing for people to disagree with me about the issue of choice, it's another thing for people to out and out misrepresent my positions repeatedly, even after they know that they're wrong. And that's what's been happening.

Of course, after accusing NRLC of lying just a day earlier, Barack Obama's campaign back peddled.

Indeed, Mr. Obama appeared to misstate his position in the CBN interview on Saturday when he said the federal version he supported “was not the bill that was presented at the state level.”

His campaign yesterday acknowledged that he had voted against an identical bill in the state Senate, and a spokesman, Hari Sevugan, said the senator and other lawmakers had concerns that even as worded, the legislation could have undermined existing Illinois abortion law. Those concerns did not exist for the federal bill, because there is no federal abortion law.In 2005, the campaign noted, a “Born Alive” bill passed the Illinois Legislature after another clause had been added that explicitly stated that the legislation would have no effect on existing state abortion laws.

Here is what we have now. First, the Obama campaign has now admitted that when they accused others of lying it was actually the candidate himself that was lying. Second, in the view of Barack Obama, there is no abortion procedure that could ever be outlawed because that could somehow undermine abortion in general. In other words, Barack Obama is not only an admitted liar, but his position on abortion is flat out radical. In fact, Obama's position is so radical that he is perfectly all right with legalized murder just as long as there is nothing that could ever be construed as curbing abortion. Of course, because it's Barack Obama and because the issue is abortion, you won't hear anything about this in th MSM.

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