Posted by Ron on 30 October, 2008 at 12:21 pm. 18 comments already!


In 2003, Congress passed a bill that was supported by a vast majority of American voters. Obama has already vowed to sign already-proposed legislation into law which would negate the 2003 bill immediately upon entering the Oval Office. The bill Obama opposes is the Partial Birth Abortion Ban which was passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court. On July 17, 2007, Obama told members of Planned Parenthood, “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). That’s the first thing that I’d do.” The content of the two opposing bills offer voters a rare chance to voice their stance on abortion rights through the candidate they support for president. A look at the content of these two bills shows the true extremity of Obama’s support of abortion.

The Partial Birth Abortion Ban which was passed in 2003 was passed with the sole purpose of outlawing one of the most gruesome methods of abortion. This barbaric process is known as “dilation and extraction” and this was the only method of abortion which was limited by the bill which Obama has vowed to overturn by signing FOCA into law. The bill also strictly defined the procedure so there is no chance that other methods would end up fitting the partial birth abortion definition and also be banned. Opponents claimed that this type of procedure was very rare, however, Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, estimated that the method was used 3,000 to 5,000 times annually.

(Warning: The following testimony is not for the faint of heart, it is a graphic description of an extremely brutal and inhumane procedure.) Nurse Brenda Pratt Shafer gave the most realistic description of this disgusting procedure when she testified to the House Judiciary Committee in 1995 when work first began on the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. Nurse Shafer testified that the nursing firm she worked for place her at an abortion clinic. The position did not bother her because she claimed she was very pro-choice before the assignment. What she saw at the clinic would change her views forever. She told the Judiciary Committee about the first partial birth abortion for which she assisted. Here’s her official testimony, “The mother was six months pregnant… Dr. Haskell brought the ultrasound in and hooked it up so that he could see the baby… As Dr. Haskell watched the baby on the ultrasound screen, the baby’s heartbeat was clearly visible on the ultrasound screen. Dr. Haskell went in with forceps and grabbed the baby’s legs and pulled them down into the birth canal. Then he delivered the baby’s body and the arms, everything but the head. The doctor kept the baby’s head just inside the uterus. The baby’s little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors through the back of his head, and the baby’s arms jerked out in a flinch, a startle reaction, like a baby does when he thinks that he might fall. The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening and sucked the baby’s brains out. Now the baby was completely limp. I was really completely unprepared for what I was seeing. I almost threw up as I watched the doctor do these things.”

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) was drawn up in 2007 by pro abortion Democrat legislators such as Barbara Boxer, Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein, and Hillary Clinton after the Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. Under the findings section of the bill which explains why the bill was written, the 9th finding states, “Further threatening Roe, the Supreme Court recently upheld the first-ever Federal ban on an abortion procedure, which has no exception to protect a woman’s health.” However, this is a flat-out lie because the exact wording of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban has always included this exact exception under Sec. 1531, “This subsection does not apply to a partial-birth abortion that is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.”

FOCA does much more than just reverse the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. According to Planned Parenthood, an adamant supporter of FOCA, the legislation will overturn any state laws mandating that parents be notified of a minor seeking an abortion. Planned Parenthood’s FAQ sheet on FOCA states, “Minors have long been included within the protections of Roe. Parental consent or notification statutes have been used as a tool to deny access to abortion services for minors. When such laws deny or interfere with the ability of minors to access abortion services, they would violate FOCA.” However, according to a Zogby International Poll from July 2008, 76% of Americans and 74% of women feel a physician should be legally required to notify parents that their underage daughter is seeking an abortion.

Obama told Planned Parenthood in the same speech where he vowed to sign FOCA into law, “Some people argue that the federal ban on abortion was just an isolated effort aimed at one medical procedure…That presumption is also wrong,” The ban was not the “federal ban on abortion” as Obama labeled it, it was a federal ban on a barbaric procedure with no proven medical benefits. According to an ABC News poll, it was supported by 69% of Americans. His statements show how extreme his pro-abortion views really are. Obama has no intention of working to unite both sides on the abortion debate. He’ll vigorously defend all forms of abortion, no matter how gruesome and heartless they are. This is what the nation will be facing with an Obama presidency and a Democrat super-majority in both houses of Congress.

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