Flashback: Obama Argued Against Passage of Illinois Bill Banning Infanticide

The horrors of partial birth abortion have resurfaced since testimony coming from the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell finally reached the American public. Kirsten Powers wrote an op-ed at USA Today on Wednesday asking why the media has not given more coverage to what many have described as the gruesome slaughter of numerous babies. :

NBC-10 Philadelphia reported that, Stephen Massof, a former Gosnell worker, “described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, ‘literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.” One former worker, Adrienne Moton, testified that Gosnell taught her his “snipping” technique to use on infants born alive.

Massof, who, like other witnesses, has himself pleaded guilty to serious crimes, testified “It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.” Here is the headline the Associated Press put on a story about his testimony that he saw 100 babies born and then snipped: “Staffer describes chaos at PA abortion clinic.”

Coverage of the trial is likely scant, because the circumstances cast a dark shadow over those who push for abortion as a woman’s right, particularly at the tax payers’ expense. The story is an embarrassment to those who still defend the ugly procedure. In fact, as an Illinois state senator in 2002, Barack Obama argued against passing a bill that would protect the life of a baby, meant to aborted, if it is born alive.  Below is the transcript of Obama’s remarks on the issue from the audio above:

OBAMA: I just want to be clear because I think this was the source of the objections of the Medical Society. As I understand it, this puts the burden on the attending physician who has determined, since they were performing this procedure, that, in fact, this is a nonviable fetus; that if that fetus, or child – however way you want to describe it – is now outside the mother’s womb and the doctor continues to think that its nonviable but there’s, lets say, movement or some indication that, in fact, they’re not just out limp and dead, they would then have to call a second physician to monitor and check off and make sure that this is not a live child that could be saved. Is that correct?

Obama later adds, “If these children are being born alive, I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who is in that room is going to make sure that they’re looked after.” As of late, President Obama has not commented on the Gosnell trial.