Know Obama: A Pro-Life Lawyer's Perspective (PART 3: "REDUCING" ABORTION, BAIPA)

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The third in a series of posts written by a friend of mine who is a lawyer working for a major pro-life organization.


Who will really "reduce" abortions?

Both candidates claim they want to "reduce" abortion. I've never heard of a politician declaring out loud that he or she wants to increase abortion. Unfortunately, my husband and I have spoken with many Christians who believe that Obama is offering change that will somehow reduce abortion.

Again, we must turn to the voting records. Obama's voting record demonstrates his support for abortion on demand throughout all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason. On the other hand, documented studies have revealed that the real reason that the abortion rate has fallen in the last 2 decades is because pro-life legislation--such as requiring that a woman receive information about the risks of abortion and childbirth, and laws requiring parental notice or consent before a teen has an abortion--has worked to reduce the abortion rate AND the birth rate (meaning, the birth rate didn't increase as abortion fell). You can see such studies here and here.

Obama has opposed these commonsense (and effective) laws at every turn. The statistics are clear. Commonsense legislation aimed at protecting both the mother and the unborn child have been proven to reduce abortion. Obama opposes these laws. Thus, Obama's policies will not truly be aimed at the reduction of abortion.

On the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act

Much has been said--and much mud has been flung--concerning Obama's voting record in the Illinois Senate on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. Here are some facts:

It was a nurse in Illinois who first blew the whistle (at the risk of her own career) on this abominable practice. She witnessed firsthand that babies who were aborted, yet born alive despite the abortionists' intentions, were simply being left to die in soiled utility rooms without proper medical care. She testified at both the state and federal level as to this practice. Keep in mind: these are babies that were born ALIVE. They were not dead fetuses. They were living, breathing, kicking infants.

In response, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. It requires that children born alive after an attempted abortion be provided medical care (and not simply neglected and left to die). The President signed the bill into law in 2002. Note that this bill passed unanimously in the Senate--meaning "liberals" such as Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy voted in FAVOR of this bill. All recognized that the practice of refusing medical care to infants constituted a heinous practice that must be stopped. Even NARAL (again, a militant pro-choice group) took a position of neutrality on the bill.

Concurrently, Illinois considered similar bills. I'll cut to the chase--there were multiple versions, and 4 times (either on the floor or in committee) Obama voted AGAINST the bill. The last bill was IDENTICAL to the federal bill which had already been signed by the President. Don't miss the meaning here--Obama took a stance more pro-abortion than even Hilary Clinton or NARAL. He didn't want women to have to "second guess" their decision to abort, by having a live baby on their hands. So he voted to allow the refusal of medical care to infants.

It has been stated that Obama believed there was another law on the books that was already in place to "protect" children from these situations. But the fact of the matter is that--even if that were true--the law was not working. There were loopholes. It only applied to "viable" infants (meaning children who could survive outside of the womb), and it left it up to the abortionist to decide whether the child was viable! Thus, there was no standard of accountability for the abortionist. The state took his word for it. He was left to kill any child born alive after abortion that he desired.

And this practice WAS happening, as Congressional testimony confirms. So quite obviously the law Obama cites was not working, and he knew it. Word has it that he sat in committee emotionless as testimony was given regarding the killing of infants born alive.

So what do you call leaving a child to die? That would be infanticide. And Obama refused to vote in favor of preventing it.

Tomorrow: Dispelling some further myths, and the conclusion

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Amen and Amen. Keep up the good work and good words. Thanks for sharing.

Isn't it vile and disgusting that a man who many have proclaimed the Messiah and whom many would follow blindly into hell is a supporter of infanticide.

Obama proclaims himself to be a Christian and Robin Hood for the poor, helpless, desolate and needy, but he chooses to allow the murder of God's greatest gift, babies.




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