FactCheck, a self-described watchdog website operated out of the University of Pennsylvania, reviewed the National Right to Life (NRLC) expose of Obama’s vote as an Illinois Senator against legislation, virtually identical to the federal law, which would have required treatment for babies who survive abortion attempts. As you have read in this blog and in other venues, Obama accused NRLC of lying about his vote.
Obama claims he would have, given the chance, voted for a bill that contained clarifying language found in the federal law that the bill did not apply to unborn children. He said this, despite the fact that NRLC had documents from the Illinois state legislature indisputably proving that Obama voted against a bill in a committee he chaired that was virtually identical to the federal law.
FactCheck has reviewed all of the pertinent information, including the Illinois documents, and concluded that: “We find that, as the NRLC said in a recent statement, Obama voted in committee against the 2003 state bill that was nearly identical to the federal act he says he would have supported.”
Commenting on the new excuse Obama is putting out for his vote, claiming that the bill in question would have in some way impacted Illinois state abortion laws, FactCheck said: “But whether or not one accepts those arguments, it is not the reason Obama had been giving for his 2003 opposition.”
More proof that when cornered, Obama will either lie or change the story or do both. And, in this case, he did do both.