At the Civil Forum on the Presidency, Barack Obama and John McCain were both asked, “At what point does a baby get human rights?” John McCain answered, “At the moment of conception.” Obama, on the other hand, responded, “Answering that question with specificity is above my pay grade.”
Determining such questions about human rights are part of the job description when one serves as a legislator or as U.S. President. How much does Obama need to be paid to do his job? If such questions are above his pay grade, then why is he voting on them?
Obama’s answer is even more disturbing in light of the fact that while in the Illinois State Senate, he repeatedly voted against a proposed born alive protection act. This act would have recognized the human rights of all living babies after birth. In other words, this law prohibited infanticide.
Please watch this video by abortion survivor Gianna Jessen:
The Born Alive Protection Act
Here is a report from CNN on this issue:
Obama Accuses Others of Lying
Barack Obama has repeatedly accused pro-life groups of lying about his record. Specifically, he has said that he would have voted for the Illinois born alive protection act if it had been like the version that was unanimously approved in the U.S. Senate. Obama accuses them of falsely saying these versions were the same when he maintains they were different. For example, on August 16, 2008, Obama said:
they have not been telling the truth. And I hate to say that people are lying, but here’s a situation where folks are lying. I have said repeatedly that I would have been completely in, fully in support of the federal bill that everybody supported – which was to say – that you should provide assistance to any infant that was born – even if it was as a consequence of an induced abortion. That was not the bill that was presented at the state level. [Christian Broadcasting Network. Emphasis added].
Comparison of the Two Versions of the Born Alive Act
Here is a comparison of the federal statute that passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate and the same bill introduced in Illinois that Barack Obama opposed. The federal version is blue / the Illinois State version is green / and the words that are identical between the two versions are black:
(a) In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress/statute or of any ruling/rule, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States/this State, the words ‘person’, ‘human being’, ‘child’, and ‘individual’, shall include/includes every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development.
(b) As used in this section, the term ‘born alive’, with respect to a member of the species homo sapiens, means the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her/its mother of that member, at any stage of development, who after such/that expulsion or extraction breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut, and regardless of whether the expulsion or extraction occurs as a result of natural or induced labor, cesarean section, or induced abortion.
Here is the neutrality clause protecting Roe v. Wade that Illinois borrowed word for word from the federal law in 2003, and Barack Obama still voted against it:
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affirm, deny, expand, or contract any legal status or legal right applicable to any member of the species homo sapiens at any point prior to being ‘born alive’ as defined in this section.
Please note that there is no difference between the two statutes. Who is lying? Barack Obama. How dare he accuse others of lying about his public voting record. Anyone can can look up these statutes. They are public records.
Is telling the truth above Obama’s paygrade? How much does Barack Obama need to be paid in order to recognize basic human rights?
The Moral Question
Here is Barack Obama accusing John McCain of lying. This ad has been running repeatedly in October 2008:
A hero is by definition someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty. There is no legal requirement to be a hero. There probably isn’t even a moral requirement to be a hero. We can understand someone who doesn’t want to risk his life to save another.
However, Barack Obama was not asked to risk his life to save another. Barack Obama was not asked to tell others to risk their lives to save others. (After all, we are talking about babies already born). Barack Obama was not asked to be a hero. All he was asked to do was to say “yes,” but instead he said “no.”
In the above campaign ad, Barack Obama defends himself by saying that just because he won’t protect babies, doesn’t mean he supports infanticide. After all, a person who stands by and merely watches a murder, isn’t actually a murderer.
But what does it say about a man who merely watches a murder when he could stop that murder with a simple word? What does it say about a man who interferes with attempts to thwart a murder? Please remember that Obama didn’t just vote “present,” he voted “no” against the born alive protection act, and he spoke against it, and he fought against it in his committee.
Barack Obama is wrong on human rights.
The right to life is foundational to all human rights. On election day, please remember the right to life.
God have mercy.