You'd think that after years of peddling lies and smears about Barack Obama only to destroy WorldNetDaily's credibility in the process, Jerome Corsi would have learned by now to tell the truth.
Well, you'd be wrong. From a May 13 WND article:
“The Gosnell conviction represents a major setback to Barack Obama’s insistence the right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy is absolute, extending even to situations where a baby survives an attempted late-term abortion,” WND senior staff reporter and author Jerome Corsi said today after Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder.
The charges stemmed from the deaths of three babies born alive – then killed – in his Philadelphia abortion business.
In writing his 2008 New York Times No. 1 bestseller, “The Obama Nation,” Corsi pointed out that Obama, as an Illinois state senator, argued the legitimacy of the abortion practices that are strikingly similar to the medical procedures that got Gosnell convicted.
In 2001, Obama argued in the Illinois State Senate that a baby who survived a late-term abortion should have been killed, in deference to what Obama argued was a woman’s absolute right to an abortion, such that no restriction must be placed on the right of a mother to abort her child.
Obama objected that if the proposed bill passed so that a mature fetus surviving a late-term labor-induced abortion was deemed to be a person with a right to live, then the proposed law would “forbid abortions to take place.”
Obama further explained the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment does not allow somebody to kill a child, so if the law deemed the fetus who survived a late-term labor-induced abortion was a child that had a right to live, “then this would be an anti-abortion statute.”
First, the Gosnell conviction has nothing whatsoever to do with Obama, nor has he ever advocated what Gosnell did, let alone anything "strikingly similar."
Second, Corsi and WND are lying again about what Obama did regarding "born alive" laws in Illinois.
As was documented at the time Corsi's book was published, Obama never "argued" that "a baby who survived a late-term abortion should have been killed." And the speech Obama gave on the Senate floor -- from which Corsi selectively edits to promote his lie -- demonstrates that:
- Obama did not say that "a mature fetus surviving a late-term labor-induced abortion was deemed to be a person with a right to live, then the proposed law would 'forbid abortions to take place.'" He said the bill defines a pre-viable fetus has having the same rights as a post-viability fetus, and would thus forbid all abortions.
- Obama did not say that "if the law deemed the fetus who survived a late-term labor-induced abortion was a child that had a right to live, “then this would be an anti-abortion statute.” He said that, again, because the bill made no distinction between pre-viability and post-viablility fetuses, it essentially barred all abortions.
Corsi and WND also uncritically repeat Jill Stanek's claims about abortions in Illinois without mentioning the fact that her testimony was never substantiated, or that she once argued that a woman who has an abortion deserves to be the victim of domestic violence.
It's time for Corsi and WND to give it up, come clean, and stop lying.