June 16, 2024

Obama and Infanticide

Andrew McCarthy tells the tale of babies born alive after failed abortions and how Barack Obama was more concerned about doctors’ legal liabilities than the innocent lives at stake. 

The transcript Andrew quotes from shows a staggering lack of concern for the living newborns:

one of the things that we were concerned about, or at least I expressed some concern about, was what impact this would have with respect to the relationship between the doctor and the patient and what liabilities the doctor might have in this situation. So, can you just describe for me, under this legislation, what’s going to be required for a doctor to meet the requirements you’ve set forth?

As Andrew says:

Through Obama’s radical prism, everything “is about abortion and not live births.” But in reality, this had nothing to do with “burden[ing] the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion.” It was about the legal and moral responsibilities of doctors and nurses in circumstances where, despite that decision, a living human being was delivered.

Moreover, it should be recognized that Mr. Obama lied on the public record about his vote against Illinois’ Born-Alive bill while serving as a state senator.

Regardless of the reasons for his vote, Mr. Obama cannot say that his critics are lying. He did oppose a bill virtually identical to the one unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate. And now, five years later, he might end up paying a political price for that decision.

Let’s hope justice is served.  Barack Obama is a smart person and, like many intelligent people, has a tendency to overanalyze things that are rather simple.  A baby born alive – despite medical science’s best efforts to kill it – must be helped or those who watch it die are in violation of every ethical standard Americans hold dear.  Yet Barack Obama defended this immoral inaction with his vote.

McCarthy on Born-Alive laws:

Such laws were enacted by overwhelming margins. In the United States Congress, even such pro-abortion activists as Sen. Barbara Boxer went along.

Not Barack Obama.  Whatever nuances of thought led him to his heinous decision to side against dying infants are lost on most of the rest of us.

Peggy Noonan lays it out:

…on abortion in particular, Mr. McCain seemed old-time conservative, which is something we all understand, whether we like such a stance or not, and Mr. Obama seemed either radical or dodgy. He is “in favor . . . of limits” on late-term abortions, though some would consider those limits “inadequate.” (In the past week much legal parsing on emanations of penumbras as to the viability of Roe v. Wade followed.)

As I watched I thought: How about “Let the baby live”? Don’t parse it. Just “Let the baby live.”

Simple, right?  It’s not such a complicated issue after all.


Marc is a software developer, writer, and part-time political know-it-all who currently resides in Texas in the good ol' U.S.A.

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