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Gianna Jessen: Above Obama's pay grade

Posted By Jill Stanek On 09/24/2008 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

To recap, then-state Sen. Barack Obama voted against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act four times in three years, from 2001 to 2003, and was the sole senator to speak against it on the Senate floor twice.

Remaining on Obama’s campaign website to this day, in a section boasting of his pro-abortion bona fides, is an ABC News story quoting the Illinois Planned Parenthood CEO during that time: “[Pam] Sutherland said Obama approached her … and worked with her and others in crafting the strategy. …”

Note “approached her.” Obama took the initiative to kill Born Alive, which was simply a bill declaring all born babies legally protected persons.

No hidden agenda, Born Alive was introduced in response to my revelation that Christ Hospital – located only five miles from Obama’s church, Trinity United Church of Christ, and affiliated with it as well – was shelving late-term abortion survivors to die in a soiled utility room next to the bio-hazardous waste, soiled linens and urinal.

I am now the executive director of BornAliveTruth.org, a 527 organized to educate the public about Barack Obama’s radical opposition to Born Alive.

Last week, BornAliveTruth.org unveiled its premier ad, featuring for the first time ever an abortion survivor speaking to a national audience. In the ad, Gianna Jessen appealed to Obama to reconsider his prejudice against gutsy babies like her.

Gianna was aborted in 1977 by infamous California abortionist Edward Allred, who is named on her birth certificate as her attending physician. Gianna’s 17-year-old mother aborted her at 29 and a half weeks’ gestation after belatedly deciding the time wasn’t right.

Allred injected a strong salt (saline) solution into the amniotic fluid surrounding Gianna, intending to burn her to death, inside and out. (How so inside? Preborn babies practice breathing via amniotic fluid.) Gianna was externally and internally scalded for 18 hours, but her mother’s bag of waters ruptured before Gianna died, and Gianna was delivered kicking and squalling.

Fortunately, Allred was not on the premises when Gianna was born, and a mill worker called an ambulance. Gianna thrives today with the “gift of cerebral palsy,” as she calls it, due to lack of oxygen at birth.

Were it up to Obama, Gianna would not be here.

Doubt me? Obama’s website lists the following language as “Language Clearly Threatening Roe” from the first, second and third versions the Illinois’ Born Alive Act:

A live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.

In Obama’s mind, Gianna was not a human person when born and not eligible for legal protection.

If Obama doesn’t believe abortion survivors are legal persons, it is perfectly legal to draw and quarter them by the dilatation and extraction (D&E) abortion procedure after delivery. It is perfectly legal to drown them in a bucket of water, the equivalent to a hysterotomy abortion wherein the baby is drowned in amniotic fluid. Obama must explain why this absolutely wouldn’t be so.

This was no slip. Obama has made other such statements. During the 2002 state Senate floor debate, when arguing against an abortionist being mandated to call a second doctor to assess and potentially provide medical care to the living result of his botch, Obama said:

[A]n additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion. … I think it’s important to understand that this issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births.

Here Obama argued that a crying, squirming abortion survivor like Gianna should be abandoned to die, otherwise it would be a “burden” to the aborting mother’s “original decision.”

So it makes total sense that Obama couldn’t even bring himself to say, “at birth” in response to Rick Warren’s question at the Saddleback Forum, “At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?”

Obama infamously responded that such as question was “above my pay grade.”

Indeed, Gianna Jessen is above Obama’s pay grade, although that didn’t stop him from attacking her with a contemptuous and deceptive ad in response to her ad, calling hers “sleazy” and “vile.”

Back at you, Senator.



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