Obama Slips, Slides, and Squirms on Abortion

A sizeable brouhaha began last week over nurse Jill Stanek's full compilation of documents showing Barack Obama's Illinois Senate votes and floor statements regarding the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, personally reviewed the records (as have I) and went to the trouble of linking every one of them, demonstrating Obama's incredible denials on the matter. Ms. Lopez concluded that "Obama has for the past four years blatantly misrepresented his actions on the Illinois Born-Alive Infants Protection Bill."

The federal version of the same bill passed both houses of the U.S. Congress in 2002 -- unanimously -- and was signed into law by President Bush. The law has no effect whatsoever on women's access to abortion and was carefully crafted to specifically do nothing but guarantee that if a baby somehow, miraculously or otherwise, survives an abortion or any other accident or medical procedure, then that breathing, living baby becomes automatically a person, entitled to full protection and available medical care as provided by the Constitution.

The Illinois Senate records show irrefutably that Barack Obama twice voted "present" on the bill and voted against it in 2003, even after the bill was fully qualified to include language making it clear that this bill would have no effect on Roe protections of legal abortion.

I'm no lawyer, but this seems like a no-brainer to me.

If the baby is breathing, you don't throw it out with the other medical waste. Even if you don't want to, you must take care of him or her.

Not all that complicated.

Obama's slipping, sliding, and squirming over his votes on this bill are beginning to closely resemble Bill Clinton's problem with the meaning of the word "is."

Interestingly enough, a diligent Washington Post Fact Checker shed a good bit of light on this during the primaries, due to NOW's endorsement of Clinton and questions raised over Obama's voting record on abortion. The National Organization for Women was pushing hard for a Clinton victory then and was making quite an issue of Obama's "present" votes in the Illinois Senate, especially those on abortion-related bills.