Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

**Obama on Partial Birth Abortion: Are you for or against? Yes

Culture, Elections, Ethics, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, Religion, Truth

Partial Birth Abortion is a barbaric procedure in which doctors induce a late term pregnant woman to actually give birth, but before the baby is totally delivered, doctors will puncture the child's brain to kill it. If any other culture did that we would be outraged. (This procedure is to be confused with late term labor induced abortion, which occurs earlier in the pregnancy.)

Partial Birth Abortion was "banned by the Congress and signed by the President in 2003" The Supreme Court upheld the ban in 2007. Even pro-abortion Sen. Daniel Moynihan, Democrat from N.Y. voted to ban partial-birth abortion. He said the practice was "too close to infanticide."  

At the last debate, John McCain stated his strong opposition to that horrible procedure. Barack Obama, knowing his pro-abortion answers at the Saddleback forum hurt him, decided that in a national venue such as a televised debate, he could not support the disgusting practice of Partial Birth Abortion. Obama said he was against it too. 

I will repeal the partial birth abortion law , Obama stated in the last debate, yet he told Planned Parenthood he would make signing the Freedom of Choice act that would reinstate Partial Birth Abortion, his top priority.

On this fundamental issue, I will not yield.

Michelle Obama used partial birth abortion as a selling point in a fundraising letter. Obama's Top Priority is to Liberalize Abortion Laws

"During the third and final Presidential debate Barack Obama claimed: (My emphasis)

With respect to partial-birth abortion, I am completely supportive of a ban on late-term abortions, partial-birth or otherwise, as long as there's an exception for the mother's health and life, and this did not contain that exception.

"If this is true why did he say his "top priority" to eliminate all laws that currently restrict partial-birth abortion by passing the Freedom of Choice Act (see video below)?

No, kick-starting the economy is not his number one goal and healthcare won't be top on his list of priorities.

Just what will FOCA do to existing laws which restrict and regulate the practice of killing a child in the womb?

According to the Family Research Council, here is what the Freedom of Choice will do:

All sides in the abortion fight agree, if FOCA were to pass both chambers of Congress and be signed by a pro-abortion President, it would, among other effects, provide for taxpayer-funded abortion on demand even late in pregnancy, grant abortionists immunity from legal action, allow abortionists the discretion to perform abortions on minors without notifying a parent, and deny health care workers the right to refuse to make abortion referrals as a matter of conscience.

  • "The legislation (FOCA) would invalidate existing and future laws that interfere with or discriminate against the exercise of the rights protected . It also would provide an individual aggrieved by a violation of the act a private right of civil action in order to obtain appropriate relie f" - Planned Parenthood website.
  • "As a general matter, if FOCA were enacted, it would wipe out a very large number of existing state laws on abortion, substantially impede the ability of states to regulate abortion, and override nearly 40 years of jurisprudential experience on the subject of abortion." - USCCB Memorandum on FOCA

FOCA would automatically overturn state abortion reporting requirements in all 50 states, 44 states' laws concerning parental involvement, 40 states' laws on restricting later-term abortions, 46 states' conscience protection laws for individual health care providers, 27 states' conscience protection laws for institutions, 38 states' bans on partial-birth abortions, 33 states' laws on requiring counseling before an abortion, and 16 states' laws concerning ultrasounds before an abortion.

FOCA seeks to eliminate any civil pro-life opposition in the public square:

"The bill would give women the right to file civil suits against any person or government agency that sought to limit their ability to get an abortion." - MSNBC Briefing Book: Issues '08.

  • Presumably this would not only include federal and state legislators who merely introduce legislation seeking restrictions on abortion but also against peaceful pro-lifers who pray and offer alternatives in front of abortion facilities.

FOCA-type legislation increases rates of abortion:

According to NARAL's web site, seven states ( California , Connecticut , Hawaii , Maine , Maryland , Nevada and Washington ) have legislation on the books similar to FOCA.

  • In Maryland , FOCA-type legislation has been on the books since 1991.   According to Planned Parenthood's Alan Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate in the United States DECREASED nine percent since 2000 to 19.4 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age in 2005.   By contrast, the state of Maryland in 2005 produced a rate of 31.5 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age, an INCREASE of eight percent since 1991. 
  • Other states with similar FOCA laws on the books show abortion rates larger than the national average of 19.4 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age:
    • California has a rate of 27.1 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age.   Abortions in California represent 17.3 of all abortions in the United States .
    • Connecticut has a rate of 23.6 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age.   The rate has increased 12% since 2000, when it was 21.1 abortions per 1,000 women.
    • Hawaii has a rate of 21.8 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age.
    • Nevada 's rate is 27.0 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age.

For more on the implications of FOCA, see "Freedom of Choice Act Would Harm Women and Remove Protections, by Tom McClusky Obama's 10 reasons for supporting infanticide

Nurse Jill Stanek talked to Bill O'Reilly about her experience with born alive aborted babies at Christ Hospital in Illinois. Her account stunned O'Reilly. Priests for Life  

Barack Obama voted against the identically worded Federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act (which passed the US Senate unanimously) in the Illinois State Senate. Obama has tried to say the State version was not the same as the Federal version, but this is not true. In August 2008, "His campaign yesterday acknowledged that he had voted against an identical bill in the state Senate..."

A check with FactCheck.ORG from August 25, 2008 goes into the details.

...He [Obama] told Brody [Christian Broadcast Network] that the federal bill "was not the bill that was presented at the state level." That's technically true; though the "neutrality clause" was identical in the federal and state bills, there were other minor wording differences elsewhere. But the Obama campaign statement says that "Illinois And Federal Born Alive Infant Protection Acts Did Not Include Exactly The Same Language." That's true for the earlier versions that Obama voted against. In the case of SB 1082, as it was amended just before being killed, it’s false.




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