Wednesday 4 March 2009

Barack Obama and US court battle over live baby thrown away after botched abortion

"The only thing more sickening than this story is the knowledge that President Obama fought to protect this sort of thing in Illinois" is the comment from the Republican National Conservative Caucus on their newly-launched website.

The story in question concerns a teenage mother, Sycloria Williams, who was reportedly 23 weeks pregnant when she made up her mind to have an abortion.

According to Associated Press, it is alleged that Sycloria gave birth to a live baby after a botched abortion procedure and that Belkiz Gonzalez, the abortion clinic owner, "threw the infant away".

"The teenage mother, Sycloria Williams, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Gonzalez knocked the infant off the chair where she had given birth, and then scooped the baby, placenta and afterbirth into a red plastic biohazard bag, and threw it out" the Associated Press reports.

Whatever the outcome of this court battle may be, just how sobering is it that the "free world" is now led by Barack Obama, a man who voted four times against legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would have provided care and protection for babies who are born alive after an abortion?

In no sense could the survival of a child after an abortion be considered a threat to his or her mother yet President Obama believed helping such a baby to live would undermine the legal right to abortion. Explaining his opposition to the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act he said:
"...whenever we define a pre-viable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we're really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a – child, a 9-month-old – child that was delivered to term. …

"I mean, it – it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute..."
Try reading and re-reading the above two paragraphs and reflect for a while that the man whose mind put those words together is now the world's most powerful political leader.