Obama Says Right to Life Coalition Is Lying About His Record
Bad move– Obama called the Right to Life Coalition liars.
This was a horrible mistake. The Messiah called the Right to Life Coalition liars– even though their allegations that Obama did not support born-alive legislation are well documented. The NRLC even found an Associated Press article to back them up.
Recently published documents by Jill Stanek prove that in 2003, Barack Obama, as chairman of an IL state Senate committee, voted down a bill to protect live-born survivors of abortion:
Here is a copy of the committee roll call vote:
The right hand column shows the roll call by which Obama and his Democratic colleagues killed the amended bill – the bill was virtually identical to the federal law that Obama, starting in 2004, claimed he would have supported if he’d had the opportunity. (Jill Stanek and NLRC)
Obama said “the Right to Life Coalition was lying” in an interview after his appearance at the Faith Forum last night.
Christian Broadcasting reported:
Brody: Real quick, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. I gotta tell you that’s the one thing I get a lot of emails about and it’s just not just from Evangelicals, it about Catholics, Protestants, main — they’re trying to understand it because there was some literature put out by the National Right to Life Committee. And they’re basically saying they felt like you misrepresented your position on that bill.
Obama: Let me clarify this right now.
Brody: Because it’s getting a lot of play.
Obama: Well and because they have not been telling the truth. And I hate to say that people are lying, but here’s a situation where folks are lying. I have said repeatedly that I would have been completely in, fully in support of the federal bill that everybody supported – which was to say –that you should provide assistance to any infant that was born – even if it was as a consequence of an induced abortion. That was not the bill that was presented at the state level. What that bill also was doing was trying to undermine Roe vs. Wade. By the way, we also had a bill, a law already in place in Illinois that insured life saving treatment was given to infants.
So for people to suggest that I and the Illinois medical society, so Illinois doctors were somehow in favor of withholding life saving support from an infant born alive is ridiculous. It defies commonsense and it defies imagination and for people to keep on pushing this is offensive and it’s an example of the kind of politics that we have to get beyond. It’s one thing for people to disagree with me about the issue of choice, it’s another thing for people to out and out misrepresent my positions repeatedly, even after they know that they’re wrong. And that’s what’s been happening.
Brody: I wanted to give you a chance to clear it up.
Obama: I appreciate it.
It looked like Obama just started a fight he will not likely win.
The facts are with the Pro-Lifers.
UPDATE: Yuval Levin at The Corner adds:
If they’re going to argue this, the Obama folks will need to offer some facts and documents, because as it stands now the only way I can read the evidence uncovered by the National Right to Life Committee compared to the assertion made by Obama in that interview is that Obama is not telling the truth. He had a chance to vote on a bill that dealt with the larger Roe v. Wade issue in exactly—verbatim—the same way as the federal bill (which Obama now claims he would have supported), and he voted against it in committee and killed it. The NRLC’s evidence seems pretty clear. If Obama wants to argue it’s “a lie,” he’ll need to prove it.
Hat Tip Bill Nelson