Obama Blocked Born Alive Infant Protection Act
Carolyn Hileman - The Voice | April 14, 2008
by Jill Stanek, guest reporter
He often stood alone as an Illinois lawmaker in opposition to protections for babies who survived abortion.
Note: This report first appeared in the April issue of Citizen magazine.
On Jan. 10, 2005, newly elected U.S. Sen. Barack Obama visited former colleagues and staffers at the Illinois state Capitol, where he had served seven years as state senator. I happened to be at the Capitol that day, too, and a friend and I took the opportunity to speak to Obama, who had not yet achieved rock-star status and was still approachable.
We were in Springfield to lobby for passage of the state Born Alive Infant Protection Act, legislation that would require hospitals to care for infants who survive an abortion. Obama spoke against the legislation in 2001 and 2002 and single-handedly defeated it in committee in 2003.
My friend stood in Obamaâ€™s path and said, â€œSenator, we are going to pass Born Alive here in Illinois this year.â€
Obama smiled smoothly and agreed, â€œI think you will,â€ adding, â€œI would have voted for the Born Alive Infant Protection Act in Illinois had it been worded the same as the federal bill. I think thatâ€™s the position the Democrats should take.â€
Thereâ€™s just one thing he forgot to mention: Obama had stopped his committee from adding the federal wording.
With Obama no longer in the state Senate, the Born Alive legislation passed in 2005.
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