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Obama Campaign Admits He Lied When He Called National Right To Life Liars

Yesterday, Soren noted that Barack Obama called the National Right to Life Committee liars. NRLC, if you will recall, noted that the Chicago Tribune quoted Barack Obama’s explanation of his vote against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act on October 4, 2004. The Tribune wrote

Obama said that had he been in the U.S. Senate two years ago, he would have voted for the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, even though he voted against a state version of the proposal. The federal version was approved; the state version was not. . . . **The difference between the state and federal versions, Obama explained, was that the state measure lacked the federal language clarifying that the act would not be used to undermine *Roe vs. Wade***, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court opinion that legalized abortion.

NRLC provided a side by side comparison of the federal and state statutes and proved conclusively that the state statute did have “language clarifying that the act would not be used to undermine Roe v. Wade.” Nonetheless, Obama voted against it.

Obama’s response was to tell David Brody, “[T]hey have not been telling the truth. And I hate to say that people are lying, but here’s a situation where folks are lying.”

Yesterday, Obama’s campaign admits that NRLC was telling the truth.

His campaign yesterday acknowledged that he had voted against an identical bill in the state Senate, and a spokesman, Hari Sevugan, said the senator and other lawmakers had concerns that **even as worded, the legislation could have undermined existing Illinois abortion law.**

Obama told the Chicago Tribune the law did not have language tracking the federal version that would have guaranteed protections for Roe v. Wade. The NRLC proves conclusively* that the legislation did have those protections. Obama declares the NRLC is lying. Yesterday, the Obama campaign changed its story. The NRLC was not lying, it’s just that “even as worded** the legislation could have undermined Illinois abortion law.”

Barack Obama would rather see infants thrown, quite literally, into trash cans than dare encroach on the right to kill infants.

Jenn Rubin has more.