The issue at hand here is the worst kind of abortion imaginable: should a baby who survived a botched abortion be allowed to live, or should the baby be killed? Mind you, we are talking about babies ready to be delivered, who have a fair chance of surviving if being given that opportunity.
When this bill, called the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act, came up for vote in the Illinois Senate, Obama voted NO on all occasions:
March 28, 2001 (He voted NO)
March 6, 2002 (He voted NO)
April 4, 2002 (He voted NO)
March 13, 2003 (He voted NO)
The above record are of course kept as public record, so the facts cannot be denied.
Note that the U.S. Congress passed the federal version of this bill by unanminous vote on July 18, 2002 and on August 5, 2002 the federal version of this bill was signed into law by the President.
Now fast forward to 2008. Obama is trying to be the President of the U.S. and he wants to hide this voting record. But there is a woman named Gianna Jessen who survivied abortion made this video:
Now, after this ad was played, Obama accused John McCain of lying about his abortion record, and claimed that he always wanted to protect infants and children. See his ad here:
Isn't it amazing how Obama can just twist the facts in his favor? This is what she has to say:
Statement from Gianna Jessen: “Mr. Obama is clearly blinded by political ambition given his attack on me this week. All I asked of him was to do the right thing: support medical care and protection for babies who survive abortion – as I did 31 years ago. He voted against such protection and care four times even though the U.S. Senate voted 98-0 in favor of a bill identical to the one Obama opposed. In the words of his own false and misleading ad, his position is downright vile. Mr. Obama said at the recent Saddleback Forum that the question of when babies should get human rights was above his pay grade. Such vacillation and cowardice in public policy almost left me to die and no one should have to go through what I went through.”
Jessen and others put together this website called BornAliveTruth and the site owner Jill Stanek has this to say:
Statement from Jill Stanek: "It is despicable, repulsive and beneath contempt that Barack Obama would attack Gianna Jessen. She is a courageous abortion survivor and living miracle who would not be with us today if Obama's policies had been in place when she was born. Mr. Obama continues to mislead the American people on this issue, he voted four times against medical care and protection for babies who survive abortions in the Illinois State Senate, while the U.S. Senate was voting 98-0 to pass an identical bill. Mr. Obama needs to come forward and tell the American people that he understands people like Gianna Jessen, and that he will support and enforce Born Alive Infant protections -- that these are living, breathing human beings who have come into our world and deserve protection in the law and should receive medical care at health care facilities. These babies have the same rights as the rest of us."