March 27, 2008

YOU SPEND ALL THAT TIME TRYING TO CONVINCE DEMOCRATIC ACTIVISTS YOU'RE THE MOST RELIABLE BABY KILLER...:

When Barack Voted No: There is a new attack on Obama's reproductive choice record. But this time it's coming from the right. (Dana Goldstein, March 27, 2008, American Prospect)

Gobs of ink have been spilled over Barack Obama's "present" votes on choice issues during his time in the Illinois State Senate. Yes, Obama voted "present" instead of "no" on seven bills that would have limited women's reproductive rights. And yes, Planned Parenthood of Illinois has defended Obama, saying he was acting out a rehearsed strategy for preserving pro-choice seats in the legislature. But while the Democratic campaigns and women's organizations quibbled over which 100 percent pro-choice Senator, Obama or Hillary Clinton, would be the better president for reproductive health, many choice advocates missed what was percolating under the radar: The beginnings of a conservative smear campaign against Obama's very real history of support for reproductive freedom.

The anti-choice anti-Obama strategy is based on Obama's clear "no" votes on the "Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act," or BAIPA. Leading anti-choice blogger Jill Stanek, who testified in the Illinois state Senate on behalf of the bill, has played a key role in disseminating this anti-Obama argument in the right-wing blogosphere. Taking the bait, former presidential candidate Sen. Sam Brownback, in a fundraising email to supporters of his political action committee last month, excoriated Obama for opposing BAIPA. And in a Feb. 26 editorial, the National Catholic Register fumed, "Obama wouldn't even protect children born alive by mistake during abortion attempts." [...]

It is to Barack Obama's credit that, as an Illinois state senator, he voted against BAIPA twice, and then, as chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee in 2003, prevented it from advancing to the floor.


...and suddenly you realize Kansas was listening too....

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2008 3:24 PM
Comments

Again, with the hilarious redefinition of a "smear," which now means citing a leftist politician's votes.

Meanwhile, didn't even the baby killers at NARAL support BAIPA?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 27, 2008 4:31 PM
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