September 16th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama's abortion record under fire in latest independent ad

A new Independent ad is targeting Obama's abortion record.
A new Independent ad is targeting Obama's abortion record.

(CNN) – A newly formed anti-abortion group is taking direct aim at Barack Obama, launching a television ad in key campaign states that features a 31-year old survivor of an abortion procedure.

The ad is only one of a handful of newly-launched independent television commercials hitting airwaves in recent weeks as the final stretch of the presidential campaign begins.

BornAliveTruth.org, an independent expenditure group known as a 527, is hitting airwaves in New Mexico and Ohio with a 30-second spot that criticizes the Democratic presidential nominee for voting against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act in when he was an Illinois state senator. Obama has said the Illinois state Senate version of that bill was an attempt to undermine Roe vs. Wade, and said Illinois already had a law that insured life saving treatment was given to survivors of abortion procedures.

Watch: New ad targets Obama on abortion

The group was founded by Jill Stanek, a columnist to the conservative for Web site World Net Daily, who has made controversial statements in the past expressing her opposition of abortion rights. Under the headline “Faithful condom users die,” she wrote on her Web site in March that efforts to post billboards in Tanzania with the words "Faithful Condom Users" next to a picture of a large skeleton should be supported.

The new ad features Gianna Jessen, who survived a late-term abortion procedure in 1977 and says in the ad, "If Barack Obama had his way, I wouldn't be here."

“Can you imagine not giving babies their basic human rights, no matter how they entered our world?" Jessen says in the ad. "Four times, Barack Obama voted to oppose a law to protect babies left to die after a failed abortion. Senator Obama, please support born alive infant protections. I’m living proof these babies have a right to live.”

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Lori

    My Body, My Choice !!

    September 16, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. PGB

    It's like we are living in an episode of "It's always sunny in Philadelphia"

    September 16, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. joey from nc

    WHY IS ABORTION EVEN AN ISSUE? WHAT ARE WE IN THE 40'S?!?! GIVE ME A BREAK!!! SORRY RELIGIOUS RIGHT, YOU LOST THIS BATTLE, PEOPLE WOULD HAVE ABORTIONS IF YOU OUTLAWED THEM OR NOT. IF YOU OUTLAWED THEM, PEPOLE WOULD DIE FROM SELF INFLICTED WOUNDS. SO IF YOUR PRO LIFE, THEN YOU SHOULD BE FOR ABORTIONS. WOMEN DIE FROM SELF INDUCED ABORTIONS!

    September 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    This is right up there with the kindergarten sex education ads! The "Stright Talk Express" has gone off the rails....

    September 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Sorry

    I am not a woman, so I cannot partake in this thread.

    September 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Shari, NY

    This is a sticky issue and that's why each party should stick to the values they uphold. Incidentally, vegetarians want to know why moose don't have rights to life too.

    September 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Spencer from VA

    Let's talk about Palin's abortion record. This Jessen lady wouldn't been able to have the abortion in the first place. You can't have it both ways. And if any law undermines Roe V. Wade, I'm against it.

    September 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Pam

    Anyone who is pro-life wasn't going to vote for Obama in the first place. Who is this ad trying to convince?

    September 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. CR in WI

    Yea- Barack the baby killer. Sure.
    Not buying it
    Next is the adultery charge. Oh wait, McCain has the monopoly on that. . .
    No to the liars party
    BO08

    September 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Donna P.

    Senator Obama should be ashamed of himself. He and others like him are DISGUSTING. No way should this heartless man run our country. I'm glad Gianna has come forward to show that unwanted and aborted children are human beings.

    September 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. John in Ohio

    "Obama has said the Illinois state Senate version of that bill was an attempt to undermine Roe vs. Wade, and said Illinois already had a law that insured life saving treatment was given to survivors of abortion procedures."

    This is like attacking somebody for not voting against a law making theft illegal. It's already illegal! Why make another law?

    Oh yeah, because this is a tested and proven dog-whistle issue where the antiabortion activists are exploited by the Republicans to get votes. Republicans had a four year period where they controlled the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court. Did Roe V Wade get overturned? No.

    Antiabortionists are the stupidest and most easily manipulated voting block out there.

    September 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. DMD, New York

    I think that deep down...EVERYONE knows abortion is a great immorality, no matter how much people holler it's a woman's right to do with her body as she wishes, etc. Deep down, we all know abortion is wrong. Period.

    September 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Love my Country!

    Republicans say they are pro life yet will commit your sons and daughters to war quicker than you can blink your eye.
    I am proudly PRO CHOICE!

    September 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Sean

    More distortions about Obama's record. As the article points out, "...the Illinois state Senate version of that bill was an attempt to undermine Roe vs. Wade, and said Illinois already had a law that insured life saving treatment was given to survivors of abortion procedures."

    Obama's opponents just keep shooting blindly hoping that eventually, something'll hit. It's a pitiful strategy.

    September 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Joe Regis

    Ahhh, the smear is back at work again! The repubs must be going down in a hand basket. The smear is not going to work this time.

    No more repubs in the white house.

    Landslide victory...

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. NoMoreEvil

    Mccain almost lost his temper on The View. Can you imagine what he will do when he is the big Boss....We are dead.
    Obama08

    September 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Praetorian

    Ouch Obama!!!

    Perhaps his political career will be left to die–yet somehow survive until he's less of a neophyte.

    September 16, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. righteousbrother

    SILLY SEASON IS HERE!

    September 16, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Praetorian

    Heee Hawww

    September 16, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Tony

    AGAINST ABORTION?

    DON'T HAVE ONE!

    September 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. WhoIsPalin?

    McCain must really be sinking in the Polls if the Swift-Boaters are already rallying to his RESCUE.

    September 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. mary

    I love democrats! They have no problem with infantcide but will not support the death penalty for the most horrific crimes. These people do not deseve to be elected!

    September 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Mario fl

    Who do you think will beleive you... we are not stupid,,,, nuts

    September 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Mark Wagner

    *yawn* - What a waste of money to attack a Democrat on abortion.

    How many anti-choice people support Obama? And if the answer is more than 0, how many of them don't know Obama isn't pro-choice.

    Seems like a waste of money and time.

    September 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Ron

    Women have a right to choose. Palin will make sure this right is taken away from each and every women in America.

    September 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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