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Gingrich Lies: Obama An Extremist Who Voted For “Legalizing Infanticide”

by David Badash on February 23, 2012

in Legal Issues,News,Politics

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At last night’s GOP debate, Newt Gingrich played his usual “attack the debate host” game, and criticized the “elite media” for questioning Republican candidates on birth control when (so he claims) “you did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide. So let’s be clear here. If we’re going to debate about who is the extremist on this issues, it is President Obama, who, as a state senator, voted to protect doctors who killed babies who survived the abortion.”

Not so fast Mr. Historian. You’re lying, says the National Journal — hardly a liberal publication, which states “the media, including CNN, reported on and discussed Obama’s opposition to the legislation during his 2008 presidential campaign.”

Gingrich was presumably referencing Obama’s opposition to Illinois’ proposed version of a “born alive” law, intended to require doctors to administer immediate medical care to any infant that survived an intended abortion.

According to Politifact, an independent fact-checking organization that looked into similar claims made by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum on the campaign trail, Obama voiced his opposition to the new legislation as a state senator because it would have given legal status to fetuses and would thus have been struck down by the courts, and because Illinois already had laws to ensure infants who survived abortions would be given medical attention.

And Politics USA adds even more:

This is a favorite lie of the right. It was first raised by Obama’s opponent in the 2004 Senate race, Alan Keyes. The truth is that Obama never voted for infanticide. Obama voted against the bill because it was a backdoor to banning abortion. As FackCheck.org wrote, “Obama’s critics are free to speculate on his motives for voting against the bills, and postulate a lack of concern for babies’ welfare. But his stated reasons for opposing “born-alive” bills have to do with preserving abortion rights, a position he is known to support and has never hidden.”

Lies, hate, bigotry, hypocrisy. Newt Gingrich.

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spartanfc1958 February 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm

While I have little quarrel with your assertion that Newt likes to redirect the course of any debate, if you intend to quote factcheck.org you should at least read and report all of what they wrote. President Obama clearly stated during the 08 campaign that he would have voted for the 2003 Illinois legislation if it had the same protections as the federal bill regarding protecting Roe vs. Wade. After amendment the Illinois law had the exact same language as the federal bill which Obama refused to support even though he said if the language was the same he would. I have no problem with President Obama being in opposition to any legislation, but to accuse, as he did many times, that others are lying when they point out his inconsistency on this piece of legislation is wrong. Anyone who claims the president supports infanticide is probably stretching the point beyond breaking, but conversely the president is not being truthful about his position either. He clearly did not support the bill after an amendment to match federal legislation was introduced and adopted, so he was opposed to the bill regardless of whether or not it matched the federal law. He should just say that, it doesn't further your argument to lie about your motivations whether you are a candidate or a sitting president.

Sadly for America both parties are filled with liars and hypocrites who will attempt to recreate history as needed to cling to power. There is a lot to be said for voting them all out and starting fresh, but I doubt that's possible.

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