Thursday, August 21, 2008
This is a pretty darn good post by Professor Althouse.
Unless there is something very inaccurate about the reporting included in the post, you would have to regard Obama as being at the extreme end of the pro-abortion side of the issue. If he is in fact lying about what he did in the Illinois Senate, that's bad too.
At the risk of missing any complexities I'm missing, I gather the story is essentially this. Pro-lifers in Illinois advanced a bill that would make it illegal to kill an infant that was accidentally born alive in the course of an abortion. You're working away on an abortion, and oops the baby pops out: Too bad for you, you can't just kill it because it was an abortion you were trying to perform. NARAL opposed this bill unless it contained language to the effect that it should not be taken to imply that the creature involved was a person before it popped out. So, the charge against Obama goes, this language was inserted, but Obama blocked or voted against the bill anyway. Thus Obama was against a bill even NARAL could not, figuratively speaking, find it in its heart to oppose. Because, as one poster explains, it would not want to be thought to oppose the protection of live infants. Being thought to oppose the protection of infants is, after all, a very bad thing.