by JILL STANEKE I was intimately involved in the five-year process to pass the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act, testifying before committees twice that then-state Sen. Barack Obama sat on.
Following are 10 excuses Obama has given through the years for voting “present” and “no” on the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act, or BAIPA.
1. Babies who survive abortions are not protected by the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. Obama, the sole opponent ever to speak against BAIPA, stated on the Illinois Senate floor on March 30, 2001: I mean, it – it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute. For that purpose, I think it would probably be found unconstitutional.
2. A ban to stop aborted babies from being shelved to die would be burdensome to mothers. Before voting “no” for a second time in the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 5, 2002, Obama stated: What we are doing here is to create one more burden on women, and I can’t support that.
3. Aborting babies alive and letting them die is a doctor’s prerogative. An Obama spokesman told the Chicago Tribune in August 2004 that Obama voted against BAIPA because it included provisions that “would have taken away from doctors their professional judgment when a fetus is viable.” 4. Anyway, doctors don’t do that.Obama told the Chicago Sun-Times in October 2004 he opposed BAIPA because “physicians are already required to use life-saving measures when fetuses are born alive during abortions.”
5. Obama apparently read medical charts and saw no proof. Also, during a speech at Benedictine University in October 2004, Obama said “there was no documentation that hospitals were actually doing what was alleged in testimony presented before him in committee,” according to the Illinois Leader.
6. Aborting babies alive and letting them die is a religious issue. During his U.S. Senate contest against Obama, [W]e live in a pluralistic society, and … I can’t impose my religious views on another.
7. Aborting babies alive and letting them die violates no universal principle. “But my opponent’s accusations nagged at me. … If I am opposed to abortion for religious reasons but seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.”
8. Introducing legislation to stop live aborted babies from being shelved to die was a political maneuver. Obama said, “The bill was unnecessary in Illinois and was introduced for political reasons,” according to the Illinois Leader.
9. Sinking Born Alive was about outmaneuvering that political maneuver.
10. And the No. 1 reason Obama voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act was: Now, the bill that was put forward was essentially a way of getting around Roe vs. Wade. … At the federal level, there was a similar bill that passed because it had an amendment saying this does not encroach on Roe vs. Wade. I would have voted for that bill.
(Complete article at http://www.wnd.com/2008/01/45553/