Many people feel that the issue of abortion is a political taboo. Nobody on either side is going to be swayed to change their position, so why even bring it up? It just causes unnecessary bickering. I think this is wrong, and I’m not afraid to say it. I think it should be talked about, no matter how uncomfortable it makes anybody. I think that minds can be changed. And I also think that abortion, as well as any political or societal issue, can be discussed and debated in a civilized manner. But that’s just me.
A lot has been said, during the election and since, about Obama’s four time stance in the Illinois legislature against the requiring of medical treatment for babies who were born alive after “induced labor” abortions. This clip explains the details of that particular circumstance and fully clarifies Obama’s position. Jill Stanek, the nurse being interviewed here witnessed firsthand what was happening to these babies (if born alive they were taken to the soiled utility room and simply left to die, denied any medical attempt to sustain their lives) and became a pro-life activist as a result. The law that Obama repeatedly voted against, and actually played a leadership role in defeating, would have simply defined any baby that was born alive as a human being that would thus be entitled to constitutional protection, and would have had no affect whatsoever on the definition of fetuses still in utero. Even the abortion lobby changed its position from “against” to “neutral” on this. Then Illinois Senator Barack Obama was in fact the only legislator to actually speak out against the bill. If that’s not a radical position on abortion then I don’t know what is. FYI: Though, thanks to Obama, the Illinois bill never passed, the Federal Born Alive Act did eventully become law, and passed unanimously (Obama was not yet a U.S. Senator and so he did not have the opportunity to vote against it).