Is Barack Obama Ultra-Extreme?

Professor Robert George of Princeton University recently published a couple of excellent articles on Obama’s positions with regard to abortion and infanticide.  In the first article, entitled Obama’s Abortion Extremism, Professor George asserts that

Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States.  He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate.  Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.

Considering everyone who has ever served in the U.S. Congress, that’s saying a lot.  An awful lot.  It is an audacious charge; but he backs it up convincingly, and he has all the citations & links to prove his assertions.

  • Here is a 10 minute interview with Dr. Robert George on the talk radio program Issues, Etc:

In a second article entitled Obama and Infanticide, Professor George and coauthor Yuval Levin examine Obama’s latest defense that the Born Alive Protection Act he voted against was “unnecessary” because babies who survived abortions were already protected under Illinois law.  That prior law was Illinois’ 1975 abortion statute.


at the time of the debate about the Born Alive Act, the Illinois Attorney General had publicly stated that he could not prosecute incidents such as those reported by nurses at Christ Hospital in Chicago and elsewhere (including a baby left to die in a soiled linen closet) because the 1975 law was inadequate.  It only protected “viable” infants—and left the determination of viability up to the “medical judgment” of the abortionist who had just failed to kill the baby in the womb.  This provision of the law weakened the hand of prosecutors to the vanishing point.  That is why the Born Alive Act was necessary—and everybody knew it.  [Emphasis added].

The evidence is in:  Senator Obama did in fact vote against the Born Alive Protection Act.  He voted against it repeatedly.  He fought against it in his committee.  He has lied repeatedly to cover up his behavior.  And he has even accused private citizens of lying when they were telling the truth.  All this is a matter of public record.  (See also the prior post: Barack Obama on Human Rights).

Because his voting record is being publicized, his supporters are making one last desperate attempt to defend his views and votes regarding the human right to life:

Their argument goes this way:  Permitting children who survive attempted abortions to be abandoned is so heinous, so barbaric, that for someone to accuse Senator Obama, a decent man who is himself the father of two daughters, of supporting what amounts to legalized infanticide is too outrageous to merit an answer.  There is a problem, though.  In light of the documentary evidence that is now before the public, it is clear that the accusation against Senator Obama, however shocking, has the very considerable merit of being true.  [Emphasis added].