As momentum builds for ending the media’s refusal to cover the facts about the horrific Kermit Gosnell abortion-mill case, I think it’s worth remembering that President Obama dealt for several years with the question of whether or not infants should be protected when born alive after a failed abortion. Here is one quote:

[I]f we’re placing a burden on the doctor that says you have to keep alive a previable child as long as possible and give them as much medical attention as—as is necessary to try to keep that child alive, then we’re probably crossing the line in terms of unconstitutionality.

—Senator Barack Obama, March 30, 2001, arguing against the the Born Alive Act before the Illinois General Assembly

Even though as a candidate for president Mr. Obama offered multiple explanations for his consistent votes against the Born Alive Act—explanations which don’t stand up to the historical reality—his record speaks for itself:

IL Senate 2001 (Senate Bill 1095, Born Alive Infant Protection Act)

  • Senator Obama voted “no” in the Senate Judiciary Committee (March 28, 2001)
  • Senator Obama argued against the bill on the IL Senate floor (March 30, 2001) (see pp. 84-90 of this PDF)
  • Senator Obama voted “present” for the bill (March 30, 2001)

IL Senate 2002 (Senate Bill 1662, Born Alive Infant Protection Act)

  • Senator Obama voted “no” vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee (March 6, 2002)
  • Senator Obama argued against the bill on the IL Senate floor (April 4, 2002) (see pp. 28-35 of this PDF)
  • Senator Obama voted “no” for the bill (April 4, 2002)

IL Senate 2003 (Senate Bill 1082, Born Alive Infant Protection Act)

  • Senator Obama, who chaired the Health and Human Services Committee, held the bill from receiving a committee vote and stopped the senate’s sponsor from adding the federal act’s clarification paragraph, which made the bills absolutely identical.

All of this is consistent with recent testimony from Planned Parenthood:

Update: You can hear then Senator Obama here:

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14 thoughts on “What Does the President of the United States Believe about Infants Born Alive after a Botched Abortion?”

  1. Steve says:

    Hey. Let’s cut President Obama some slack here alright. After all, didn’t he say much of this, in his interview with Rick Warren back in 2008, was “above his pay scale?”

    1. adam says:

      If it’s above his payscale, then why is he voting on it?

  2. Steve in Birmingham, Al says:

    Dr. Ben Carson steps down from speaking at commencement at a major university because students protest his remarks against gay marriage. Barrak Obama repeatedly votes and speaks against protecting the murder of babies born after botched abortions. He is elected and reelected to the presidency of the United States and supported by many who call themselves “Christian.” May God have mercy on our nation.

    1. Reality Check says:

      “elected and reelected to the presidency of the United States and supported by many who call themselves “Christian.””

      “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” Romans 1:28

  3. Flyaway says:

    Praying that God will get ahold of Barak Obama’s mind and heart and turn him around before it is too late.

  4. Brendt Wayne Waters says:

    I certainly hope that you are right, but can you give some evidence of the first three words of the post? I have thus far seen:

    * one mainstream article about the problem
    * a bunch of Christians and other pro-lifers talking about the problem

    This is exactly one mainstream article more than what happens every day and there is no effect then. Is one article actually going to make even a dent, let alone “build momentum”?

  5. Nate says:

    And to think, there are some who profess Christ, had this knowledge, and still voted for pur President. Something doesn’t add up….

    1. “Professing Christ” doesn’t equate to “think you shouldn’t kill the unborn” for some people. Surely one can be saved and still hold unsanctified beliefs. However, I would consider it hard to truly know Christ who entered this world physically at conception, was recognized by his cousin John in utero, and still think that killing the unborn is okay.

  6. JD says:

    This is a department of the govt. run a muck!… A what they call a “botched” abortion (baby is out and alive-breathing on its own) and they say that its still between the alleged mother and the “monster” performing the deed!…(what morons!!!) They are murderers and murdering human beings that are unable to defend themselves!…

  7. Juan Pedro says:

    What is the point of putting this online? I’m not saying you shouldn’t, I’m just asking. At first glance, it gives the appearance of rallying people in anger. I say this because this has nothing to do with anything — you’re trotting out the President’s (admittedly horrific) point of view as historically demonstrated. But why do that?

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