Team Obama acknowledges infanticide lie

posted at 8:00 am on August 18, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Russell Berman reports in the New York Sun that the Barack Obama campaign has acknowledged that Obama himself lied about the bill he torpedoed in 2003 that would have required medical providers to give normal medical attention to infants born alive during an abortion.  The admission comes with a new spin, as the campaign finally admits that the bill Obama defeated in committee was all but identical to the federal law that passed the Senate unanimously in 2002:

Indeed, Mr. Obama appeared to misstate his position in the CBN interview on Saturday when he said the federal version he supported “was not the bill that was presented at the state level.”

His campaign yesterday acknowledged that he had voted against an identical bill in the state Senate, and a spokesman, Hari Sevugan, said the senator and other lawmakers had concerns that even as worded, the legislation could have undermined existing Illinois abortion law. Those concerns did not exist for the federal bill, because there is no federal abortion law.

In 2005, the campaign noted, a “Born Alive” bill passed the Illinois Legislature after another clause had been added that explicitly stated that the legislation would have no effect on existing state abortion laws.

In this version, Obama finally acknowledges that the bill he shot down as committee chair had the neutrality clause, but now he voted against it because it would have had some deleterious effect on abortion law.  As the NRLC points out to Berman, that’s flat-out untrue.  The neutrality clause Obama now acknowledge existed in the law explicitly stated that the law had no intent on affecting abortions in which the fetus did not survive; that was the entire point of the neutrality clause.  Even without it, in the language of the original bill, the law clearlt stated that it only applied to infants born alive.

So Obama lied, and in typical fashion for liars, lashed out at the people who exposed the lie before finally acknowledging it.  He told David Brody in his CBN interview taped Saturday that he found it “offensive” that people pushed him on this issue, and 24 hours later the campaign folded on the point.

Infanticide is one act that most people, regardless of political bent or degree of religious faith, regard as evil.  Obama had this to say about confronting evil:

“Evil does exist,” Obama began acknowledging the premise of the question as he ticked off the evils of genocide in Darfur, inner-city crime and child abuse. “I think it has to be confronted. It has to be confronted squarely and one of the things that I strongly believe is that, you know, we are not going to, as individuals erase evil from the world. That is God’s task. but we can be soldiers in that process and we can confront it when we see it.”

If child abuse is an evil that must be confronted, then infanticide is even more evil.  What did Obama do when he saw this evil?  Did he confront it, as one of God’s soldiers?  Or did he facilitate it?

The answer now from the Obama campaign is clear.  Obama facilitated evil in order to protect abortion on demand, which was never threatened by S.1082 in the first place.  That much apparently wasn’t above his pay grade.  (via Jill Stanek and Michelle Malkin)

Update: Don’t forget to read David Freddoso’s column on this topic from yesterday, which lays out the evidence to show exactly who was lying about Obama’s record.  Hint: it wasn’t Obama’s critics.

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Trampling both the truth and the lives of the most helpless to gain political power.

What a guy!

profitsbeard on August 18, 2008 at 5:59 PM

JiangxiDad on August 18, 2008 at 8:39 AM

He heard ya!

Akzed on August 18, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Elsewhere, an Obamaton suggested that people don’t care about abortion. This is exactly what can be expected. The left will conflate all abortion issues into one as though it was so simple.

There are two issues at hand;

1. Obama lied about his votes and positions on abortion and especially partial birth abortion and allowing babies to die.

2. Obama LIED. He lied in front of a national audience. He lied with ease and he lied with comfort. Obama claimed that Rick Warren was his friend and he lied through his teeth to his “friend.” Obama quoted Matthew while violating “Thou shalt not lie” and “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”

drjohn on August 18, 2008 at 8:44 AM

another outstanding post

funky chicken on August 18, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Obama lied. Babies died.

Guardian on August 18, 2008 at 7:45 PM


Well, there is a link in Rush’s daily e-mail to this posting. Well done Ed.

Zorro on August 18, 2008 at 8:20 PM

EVERYTHING about Barry is a lIE!

Why would this be any different?

TroubledMonkey on August 18, 2008 at 10:25 PM

And….the subject wasn’t even about abortion, it was about infanticide, and he blew it big time.

Redteam on August 18, 2008 at 10:35 PM

Here’s a story Obama doesn’t want read.

Premie declared dead comes back to life in freezer.

profitsbeard on August 18, 2008 at 11:34 PM


Maybe this dull reaction to a pretty major campaign issue lie reflects the fact that everyone already knows he’s a liar?

The silence is deafening.

Jaibones on August 19, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Notice the choice of words. It wasn’t: Obama lied; it was, “you know”, he ‘misled’. Ah, Clintonian nostalgia…

If abortion wasn’t publicly funded and partial birth abortion was illegal, (with rare exceptions), then it would not be a political issue and I’d be a happy camper. Unfortunately, this travesty, this evil does exist and Obama is perpetuating it with this position, and for all intents and purposes, aligning us with our terrorist enemies who are members of the cult of death. The progressives want us to progress to the grave. No hope there.

Christine on August 19, 2008 at 5:11 PM