Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Obama: 'The first thing I'd do as President ...'

"... is sign the Freedom of Choice Act"—re-legalizing partial-birth abortions, as he told a Planned Parenthood Action Fund crowd in July 2007 (a statement captured in the second video below).

He also supports infanticide, having vehemently opposed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act and then lied about the nature of his votes against it.

In this video, registered nurse Jill Stanek tells why the act is needed. She worked in a hospital where infants who survived abortion were left in a soiled-linen closet to die. (Parents, you may not want your young children to hear this video, as Stanek's story is deeply disturbing.)

More on the Freedom of Choice Act, from National Right to Life:

The bill flatly invalidates any "statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, policy, practice, or other action" of any federal, state, or local government or governmental official (or any person acting under government authority) that would "deny or interfere with a woman's right to choose" abortion, or that would "discriminate against the exercise of the right . . . in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information."
If you would prefer to read NOW's take on FOCA, it comprises largely the same points, only it attempts to mainstream FOCA's appeal by playing down the ways it goes beyond Roe vs. Wade. As National Right to Life notes:
The promoters of the FOCA sometimes claim that its purpose is to "codify Roe v. Wade," the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand. But the key binding provisions of the bill would go further than Roe, invalidating all of the major types of pro-life laws that have been upheld by the Supreme Court in the decades since Roe.

"The claim that the bill would ‘codify Roe' is just a marketing gimmick by the proponents," explained [NRLC's Douglas] Johnson. "The sponsors hope that journalists and legislators will lazily accept that vague shorthand phrase – but it is very misleading. The references to Roe in the bill are in non-binding, discursive clauses. The heart of the bill is a ban that would nullify all of the major types of pro-life laws that the Supreme Court has said are permissible under Roe v. Wade, including the ban on partial-birth abortions and bans on government funding of abortion."
National Right to Life offers brief videos showing candidates' statements representing their views on abortion.

Another YouTube clip showcases McCain's opposition to partial-birth abortion:

McCain tells the truth about his pro-life voting record, which has earned him a 0 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. Obama, as mentioned, brazenly covers up his votes supporting infanticide.