INFANTICIDE ~ Obama voted "NO" against bills mandating medical care for newborn children after late-term, botched abortions.
The votes are especially controversial because they fall outside the typical Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice debate, dealing not with abortion,
but children left to die after botched abortions. From 1996-2003,
Barack Obama made at least 7 controversial votes against bills mandating
medical care for newborn children after late-term, botched abortions
known as D&E; procedures. In 2002 the Federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act
made it a U.S. crime to let children die like this, and the 2003
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was passed outlawing the specific D&E;
procedures making them possible, even declaring this to be
"Infanticide" in Section 2, 14(G) and 14(O). The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act had 70% public approval by the time of its passage (a 2011 poll shows 64% support) yet the Born Alive Infant Protection Act was far more popular, to the extent that in Obama's own words, it was "the federal bill that everybody supported."
The Born Alive Infant Protection Act passed the U.S.
Senate unanimously. Even normally Pro-Choice Democrats like Hillary
Clinton, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, and Barbara Boxer voted for the Born Alive Infant Protection Act
- even as Obama was voting down an identical bill in the Illinois State
Senate. Obama has attempted since 2004 to explain away his votes,
variously calling critics liars, saying the bills he voted against were
dissimilar from the federal bill everybody supported (a lie that was
debunked in 2008 by a CNN expose resulting in an Obama campaign
admission that he misspoke), and saying the Illinois law was already
sufficient to protect newborn infants. Obama's "Fight the Smears" site
striving to deny his votes on the bills has since vanished from the web
or it would be quoted.
The issue featured prominently in the 2008 presidential election as well, with both Sarah Palin and John McCain
raising the issue, and major press coverage by CNN and other news media
reporting on the controversy. Obama ultimately voted 'Present' or 'No'
on 7 of the 'Born Alive' bills:
- SB 1082 (2003 Born Alive Infant Defined Act)
- SB 1661 (2002 Induced Birth Infant Liability Act)
- SB 1662 (2002)
- SB 1093 (2001 Born Alive Infants Protection Act)
- SB 1094 (2001 Induced Birth Infant Liability Act)
- SB 1095 (2001 Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act)
- SB 230 (1997 Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act)
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