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Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Obama Myth

Barack Obama attempts to portray himself as a moderate. He's very well-spoken, highly intelligent, and persuasive. Using these gifts, he has done a great job building an image of himself as a man who will stand up for the values of mainstream America.

That image is a facade. Anyone who has taken the time to really look at where Obama stands on issues knows this, and his response to this week's Supreme Court ruling upholding the "Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act" once again shows Obama's true colors.

Partial-birth abortion is a procedure that involves pulling a baby's legs out of the birth canal using ultrasound and forceps, delivering the baby's entire body except the head, puncturing the back of the baby's skull, inserting a suction catheter into the puncture, suctioning out the baby's brain causing the skull to collapse, then removing the collapsed skull from the birth canal.

In 2003, President Bush signed into federal law a ban on this procedure, and this week the Supreme Court upheld the ban.

Senator Obama almost immediately released this statement on the Court's decision to uphold this ban.

I strongly disagree with today’s Supreme Court ruling, which dramatically departs from previous precedents safeguarding the health of pregnant women. As Justice Ginsburg emphasized in her dissenting opinion, this ruling signals an alarming willingness on the part of the conservative majority to disregard its prior rulings respecting a woman’s medical concerns and the very personal decisions between a doctor and patient. I am extremely concerned that this ruling will embolden state legislatures to enact further measures to restrict a woman's right to choose, and that the conservative Supreme Court justices will look for other opportunities to erode Roe v. Wade, which is established federal law and a matter of equal rights for women.

Illustrating the false impression that the general public has of Obama as a moderate, the first reader comment on the senator's response began with these words: "I thought that Mr. Obama was a bit more of a centrist..."

That's what's truly alarming, that Mr. Obama can paint himself as a centrist and that people fall for it simply because he looks and sounds good. And just so that no one gets the impression that this position is out of the norm for Obama, consider the following. As a state senator in Illinois, Obama opposed legislation to protect babies who were actually born alive!

Jill Stanek, a registered nurse who has fought to end "live-birth abortion," had this to say:

As a nurse at an Illinois hospital in 1999, I discovered babies were being aborted alive and shelved to die in soiled utility rooms. I discovered infanticide.

Legislation was presented on the federal level and in various states called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. It stated all live-born babies were guaranteed the same constitutional right to equal protection, whether or not they were wanted.

BAIPA sailed through the U.S. Senate by unanimous vote. Even Sens. Clinton, Kennedy and Kerry agreed a mother's right to "choose" stopped at her baby's delivery.

The bill also passed overwhelmingly in the House. NARAL went neutral on it. Abortion enthusiasts publicly agreed that fighting BAIPA would appear extreme. President Bush signed BAIPA into law in 2002.

But in Illinois, the state version of BAIPA repeatedly failed, thanks in large part to then-state Sen. Barack Obama. It only passed in 2005, after Obama left...

Obama articulately worried that legislation protecting live aborted babies might infringe on women's rights or abortionists' rights. Obama's clinical discourse, his lack of mercy, shocked me...

Please don't be deceived by the Barack Obama myth. He's anything but moderate; he's anything but mainstream. He's far to the left of most Americans, including most democrats. Please make sure that you know who Barack Obama really is before you make a decision to support him.


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