Human Events | Aug. 8, 2008
Barack Obama worked to allow a gruesome practice, in which babies born alive after attempted abortions are left to die without medical care, to continue in Illinois. National Review journalist David Freddoso’s new book, The Case Against Barack Obama, exposes the lengths to which Barack Obama went to protect this ghastly procedure.
Because of a loophole, doctors in Illinois had no legal obligation to treat these babies. Under the law, they were non-persons. Illinois legislators tried to close this loophole with a bill mandating that babies born alive during an abortion would have to be treated just like every other baby born prematurely. The same laws and the same rules of medical ethics would apply to these born, living babies as to any other born, living human being.
On the federal level a similar bill passed 98-0 garnering a yea vote from pro-abortion stalwart Barbara Boxer. But back in Illinois, Barack Obama had problems with this type of legislation. He spoke on the floor of the Illinois Senate in opposition to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act – in fact, he was the only senator to do so. The following year he spoke against the born alive bill again. As a rabid proponent of legalized abortion, Obama voted against the bill or worked for its defeat on three separate occasions.
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