Gianna ad
30 sec. TV ad run in OH and NM, announced Sept. 15, 2008.


[Music] Gianna Jessen: Can you imagine not giving babies their basic human rights, no matter how they entered our world?

My name is Gianna Jessen, born 31 years ago after a failed abortion.

But if Barack Obama had his way, I wouldn’t be here.  Four times, Barack Obama voted to oppose a law to protect babies left to die after failed abortions.

Senator Obama, please support born alive infant protections.  I’m living proof these babies have a right to live.

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Notes: The Obama campaign responded with an ad which said that the votes referred to were taken out of context. counted four deceptions in the Obama response ad.  [press release]

Also, here is a rebuttal from Obama's FighttheSmears site.

Here’s the truth about Barack Obama and the bill:

  • At the time Barack voted against a bill containing language designed to protect infants who were “born alive,” such protection was already on the books as Illinois state law.[1]
  • The accusations against Barack are so reckless that not even the Republican state senator who sponsored the bill will support them. In fact, he freely admits that “None of those who voted against SB-1082 favored infanticide.”[2]
  • The bill was opposed by many legislators and groups like the Illinois Medical Society because of the unintended impact it would have had on other laws and legal precedents in Illinois.[3]
  • Barack is on the record[3] saying that he would have supported a similar bill that came up in Congress -- but that didn’t pose a threat to a woman’s right to choose the way the Illinois bill did.[4]