CHICAGO, August 29, 2012, ( – If Melissa Ohden had been born in President Obama’s Illinois, she might not be alive today. That’s the uncomfortable implication of a hard-hitting new ad released by the Susan B. Anthony List this week, featuring Ohden, who was born alive after a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977.

In the ad Ohden draws attention to the fact that during his time as an Illinois state senator, Obama cast four votes against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA), a bill that mandated that doctors must try to save the life of babies born alive after failed abortions.

The bill was introduced after pro-life nurse Jill Stanek witnessed babies being born alive after failed abortions, then being brought to a room in the Illinois hospital where she worked and left to die.

“Is this the kind of leadership that will move us forward, leadership that would discard the least and the weakest among us?” Ohden asks in the ad.

Since running for president, Obama has claimed that he “would have” voted for BAIPA if it had included a clause found in a federal version of the bill that stated the bill would have no effect on legal abortion. However, the National Right to Life Committee has uncovered evidence that Obama was presented with a state version that did have that clause, and he still voted against it.

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According to documents obtained by NRLC, Obama presided as the chair at a committee meeting where the abortion-protecting clause was inserted into the bill. Almost immediately after it was inserted, Obama voted to kill the bill.

The new ad is already receiving considerable attention after being linked to by the Drudge Report, which describes the ad as “withering.”

The SBA List announced that it is running the ad in a $150,000 campaign across Missouri, where abortion has been much in the headlines due to Congressman Todd Akin’s controversial remarks.

“In light of the recent national discussion over abortion, it’s important Americans know the president’s best-kept secret: his extreme record on abortion,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

In addition to his votes against BAIPA, the pro-life leader highlighted Obama’s opposition to bans on sex-selection and late term abortions. “These actions fly in the face of mainstream American views and run counter to the president’s first term pre-election talk of finding common ground,” said Dannenfelser. “Recent polling reveals the majority of Americans support bans on these horrific practices.” 

SBA List says that the ad is the first in a series highlighting President Obama’s extremist record on abortion. Additional ads are being considered for release in North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.


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