5.21.2009

Coulter revives campaign falsehood about IL "Born Alive Act"

From Media Matters:

In her May 20 column, Ann Coulter asserted that "[a]s an Illinois state senator in 2002-2003, [President] Obama repeatedly blocked and voted against the 'Born Alive Act,' which would have allowed doctors to give medical care to babies who somehow survived abortions and remained alive, wholly apart from their mothers." However, the suggestion that at the time Illinois law did not already "allow[] doctors to give medical care to babies who somehow survived abortions" without the "Born Alive Act" is false. In fact, as Media Matters for America has repeatedly noted, Obama and other opponents said the bill posed a threat to abortion rights and was unnecessary because, they said, Illinois law already required doctors to provide medical care for "babies who somehow survived abortions."

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