By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

September 16, 2008 ( – has produced a video ad in which abortion survivor Gianna Jessen questions Barack Obama for his active opposition as state senator to the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

“Can you imagine not giving babies their basic human rights, no matter how they entered our world?” begins the ad. “My name is Gianna Jessen, born 31 years ago after a failed abortion. I’m a survivor, as are many others…but if Barack Obama had his way, I wouldn’t be here.”

“Unfortunately, Barack Obama voted four times against affording these babies their most basic human right. I have serious concerns about Senator Obama’s record and views on this issue, given he voted against these protections four times as a state Senator. Just as abuse victims share their stories to educate the public, fight for the common good and hope that as a result politicians do what’s right, I felt it was important to come forward and give these newborn babies a voice.”

“I am living proof these babies have a right to live, and I invite you to learn more about Senator Obama’s record on this important issue.”

Gianna was “aborted” 31 years ago by her 17-year-old mother by a saline injection abortion procedure. Though she suffers from cerebral palsy because of the abortion attempt, Gianna has gone on to lead an active and productive life and has become a vocal advocate against abortion, testifying before the US Congress hearings on the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act in 2001.

The BAIPA protects children who survive a failed abortion from infanticide.

The BornAliveTruth ad hopes to expose voters not only to Obama’s opposition to the Illinois state version of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, but to his subsequent misrepresentation of the position he took while he was an Illinois state senator. (See “Obama Cover-up Revealed On Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Bill”:

Douglas Johnson, Legislative Director of the National Right to Life Committee in Washington, D.C., commenting on Obama’s effort to cover up his record on the BAIPA, said, “On August 11, 2008, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) released recently uncovered documents that proved that Obama had misrepresented the state bill. When Obama was asked about our assertion in a televised interview on August 16, 2008, he said (three times) that we were ‘lying.’ After an investigation, Annenberg’s independent concluded: ‘Obama’s claim is wrong . . . The documents from NRLC support the group’s claims that Obama is misrepresenting the contents of SB 1082 [the 2003 Illinois Born-Alive Infants Protection Act].’”

A television ad by the Family Research Council produced earlier this year took Obama to task for his Father’s Day message in which he said that fatherhood begins at conception. (See “New Ad Takes Obama to Task for His Abortion Record”:

“Barack Obama has made some very important points in his speeches, particularly his speech about fatherhood, but there is a disconnect between what he is saying and the political positions he has taken,” FRC President Tony Perkins told The New York Times. “If he is going to be pro-family, he has got to be pro-family.”

The BornAliveTruth ad is currently being aired in New Mexico and Ohio.

Read related coverage:

Obama Caught Red-Handed in Abortion Lie

How Babies Were Left to Die: Nurse Recounts Horrors of Infanticide Practice Barack Obama Protected

McCain: “If I Am President, Advancing the Cause of Life Will Not Be Above My Pay Grade”

66 British Babies Survived Abortion – All Were Left to Die Without Medical Aid

Law Protects Babies Born Alive after Abortion – Bush Administration Vows to Enforce


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