Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Yesterday I blogged that Barack Obama’s record on abortion makes him, “too evil and too dangerous,” and that he “must not be allowed to become President.” My blog made reference to his three votes in the Illinois Legislature to deny protection to babies that survived abortions.
Today, Wisconsin Right To Life put out a news release about Obama’s cover-up on the votes he took in Illinois:
Obama Cover-Up Exposed on His Votes on Infanticide
For immediate release: Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The National Right to Life Committee has obtained documents that prove presidential candidate Barack Obama has been blatantly covering up his actions as an Illinois state senator to actively defeat legislation to protect the lives of living, breathing babies who survive abortion attempts.
Douglas Johnson, the organization’s legislative director, released the documents from 2003 this week revealing that Obama voted for a “neutrality clause” amendment to an Illinois bill requiring treatments for the tiny abortion survivors and led the charge in committee to kill the amended bill by a 6-4 vote.
“The Illinois born alive bill is virtually identical to a federal law he now is saying he would have supported had he been in the U.S. Senate at the time the bill was voted on,” said Susan Armacost, Legislative Director for Wisconsin Right to Life.
The need for the legislation on both the federal and state levels was sparked by Jill Stanek, a nurse who worked at Christ Hospital in Chicago who blew the lid on the hospital’s practice of inducing premature labor in women seeking lateterm abortions. However, some of these babies were born breathing and alive. Eyewitness accounts revealed that babies were left on the cold counter in the soiled linen room until they died.
In 2002, the U.S. Congress responded by enacting the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA) with not a single dissenting vote in either house. Included in the bill was a “neutrality clause” which read: “Nothing in this section shall be construed to affirm, deny, expand, or contract any legal status or legal right applicable to any member of the species homo sapiens at any point to being ‘born alive’ as defined in this section.”
With this clarification that unborn babies were not included in the bill’s provisions, even solidly proabortion senators like Ted Kennedy, Russ Feingold and Hillary Clinton allowed the bill to be passed and it was signed into law by President Bush. The National Abortion Rights Action League also removed its opposition.
Since the bill only applied to federal law, many states introduced born alive legislation to protect abortion survivors in their own states. In 2003, after the 2002 federal bill with the “neutrality clause” had passed, Barack Obama was the chair of the Illinois State Senate Health and Human Services Committee which presided over the Illinois born alive bill which contained a “neutrality clause” virtually identical to the federal law.
“Barack Obama had the opportunity to right a terrible wrong that was occurring right under his nose,” said Armacost. “But instead, he used the power of his committee chairmanship to prevent Illinois doctors and nurses to attempt to save the lives of living babies, fully separated from their mothers, leaving them to die alone - in the dark - in filthy conditions.”
Obama has repeatedly stated during his presidential campaign that his votes on three separate occasions against Illinois legislation to provide treatment for babies who survive abortion attempts were because there was no “neutrality clause” and he feared that the legislation would negatively impact Roe v. Wade.
“Barack Obama is blatantly trying to cover up his infanticide votes,” said Armacost. “The heartlessness and callousness of this individual needs to beexposed. The vast majority of Americans care about protecting human life. They deserve to know the truth about Barack Obama’s utter disregard forhuman life.”
Wisconsin Right to Life
Legislative Director, Wisconsin Right to Life
The news release refers to whistle-blower Jill Stanek who is also mentioned in a column today in National Review that also examines Obama’s abortion record:
“The tiny newborn baby made very little noise as he struggled to breathe. He lacked the strength to cry. He had been born four months premature.
‘At that age,’ says nurse Jill Stanek, ‘their lungs haven’t matured.’
Stanek is the nurse who found herself cradling this baby in her hands for all of his 45-minute lifetime. He was close to ten inches long and weighed perhaps half a pound. It’s just a guess — no one had weighed or measured him at birth. No happy family had been there to welcome him into the world. No one was trying to save his life now, putting him into an incubator, giving him oxygen or nourishment. He had just been left to die.”
The column by David Freddoso also says:
“Most people, whatever their view on abortion, agree that the Constitution at least guarantees the rights of born and living human beings. Barack Obama does not agree. For him, the Constitution exists primarily in order to guarantee the right to abortion, and other rights of human persons — born and alive — are secondary. Beginning with abortion rights as his premise, he draws as his conclusion the unfortunate but necessary legality of infanticide.
Given Obama’s position on babies born alive, it should come as no surprise that he opposes and denounces all restrictions on every kind of abortion, including partial-birth abortions. He promised at a Planned Parenthood event in July 2007 that “the first thing” he will do as president — his top priority for the nation — is sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would erase every federal and state restriction on abortion, no matter how modest. His top priority, again, is to re-legalize partial birth abortion under all circumstances, abolish all laws on informed consent and parental notification, and eliminate all state restrictions on taxpayer funding of abortions.”
Please take time to watch the following videos and as you do, keep in mind that Barack Obama voted to deny care for babies born ALIVE! His defense today is to choose legal mumbo jumbo that has been disproven and is simply untrue.
Here's Jill Stanek on the O' Reilly Factor in September of 2000:
Regular readers of my blog know of my feelings about anonymous contributors. While some can enhance a blog with their comments, too many feel a great sense of power hiding cowardly behind a fictitious name. They slither out in the middle of the night with false bravado and talk tougher than tough. These are the same weaklings who would fold up like an accordion if forced to use their real name, occupation, and have to plaster their face on the Internet. The hateful left has a bulging membership in this club. And the Franklin community has seen its share of un-named snakes, one “unfettered” scoundrel in particular who has been caught using all sorts of aliases to spread his venom and lies. While other bloggers have shown sympathy and allow him to publish his unfounded screeds laced with hate, he knows he’s not welcome on this site, and doesn’t even try anymore. Good riddance.
Thank God the level of anonymous irresponsibility here has been isolated to mere words. In some cases, similar anonymity has had fatal ramifications.
Last December, I blogged about the case of young Megan Meier, whose story was mentioned in a column I referenced:
On October 15, 2006, 13-year-old Megan Meier received an e-mail from Josh Evans, a “cute” homeschooled 16-year-old she had met and befriended on MySpace. "I don't know if I want to be friends with you any longer because I hear you're not nice to your friends," Evans wrote in the e-mail. Josh Evans was not real. His profile was the invention of a neighborhood mother, Lori Drew, whose daughter had once been friends with Meier. Drew had originally devised Josh Evans in order to monitor what Meier was saying about her own daughter; eventually the Evans profile became a way of harassing Meier. On October 16, 2003, Meier hanged herself in her closet in St. Charles County, Missouri.
Meier’s death, caused by the actions of individuals possessing sick minds, was not in vain. Missouri recently enacted a new law to prevent similar tragedies. I hope the new law isn’t misapplied and truly does go after credible threats.
Anonymous people on the Internet aren’t all bad. But far too many are slime, and they need to be stopped.
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