September 16th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
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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. Joe from Oklahoma

    Independent? I think not...Wasn't Mitt Romney mentioned in this article...Sounds like a Republican ad that they did not want to dirty their hands with...

    September 16, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. rodlang

    Obama supports killing babies even after they survive an attempted abortion. Unreal and indefensable.

    September 16, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. RDS

    "If Barack Obama had his way, I wouldn't be here."......NO, if your mother had her way, You wouldn't be here! Laws were already in place anyways....goodness I'm sick of these people bringing up the same issues once they have been mulled over by everyone in the press.

    September 16, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Independents for McCain

    Sending Obama to Washington to be the doting foot soldier for the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Kerry, Joe Biden, Chris DOdd, Ted kennedy and others is a frightening prospect. That is why many Independents are going with experience and a provem record of reaching across the aisle to work on ALL important agendas. Now is not the time to send in a rookie with no record of achievement on the national scene and no national or international experience – that is just too dangerous. We need experience and A PROVEN TRACK RECORD of accomplishments to initiate change — not empty words written by unnamed strangers and read off a teleprompter eloquently by a junior Senator with 1 year in DC and 1 year campaigning WAKE UP AMERICA Obama, if elected, IS ZERO HEARBEATS AWAY FROM THE PRESIDENCY – THAT IS TOO CLOSE

    September 16, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Joe in MN

    Abortion is NOT/should NOT be a federal issue!

    Obama/Biden for any future at all.

    September 16, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. John in Ohio

    A part of me hopes that McCain and Palin do get elected and they do make abortion legal. The problem now is that women think it will never happen, they've gotten complacent, they don't think they'll ever lose their reproductive rights and lose control of their own bodies. If McCain/Palin prove them wrong, you'll never see another Republican President or Congress get elected.

    September 16, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. SH in TX

    really? REALLY?

    lovely...

    stupid culture wars, here we come!

    "scary black man wants to kill babies, y'all!!"

    *eyeroll*

    these people are just...dim

    September 16, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. fella from Chicago

    Saw this young lady on Fox last night. A beautiful human being who suffers from Cerebral Palsy as a result of this horrible event. Hope Fox replays this interview. It will make the most steadfast Pro-Choice person into a Pro-Life proponent on the born alive issue after hearing this ladies story. Hopefully, Obama was ignorant on what this bill actually meant when he voted against it.

    September 16, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Party Crasher

    Here's the beauty of Roe vs Wade. It gives the woman the right to make a decision, it does not force her to make a decision. My mother gave birth to me after Roe vs Wade, she made the choice. Nobody told her that she had to have an abortion.

    Its funny that the republicans had control of the congress for 6 straight years and the White House for 8 straight years and said nothing about abortions. But every 4 years we see ads for this crap as if it is important.

    Abortions are just like television programs, if you don't want to watch it change the channel. If you do not support abortion rights don't have one.

    Do not attempt to force your beliefs or values upon someone else unless you are prepared to give up all of your beliefs and values in return.

    Last time I checked your abortion or your child birth does not affect me, so keep that crap to yourself.

    September 16, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. JV

    This woman's story only proves that life-saving procedures *are already used* in these circumstances. She was provided life-saving treatement without this unnecessary and litigious law, so would other babies in the same circumstances.

    September 16, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. brenda

    you people keep saying that palin will make sure that you dont get the right to "choose" but i have to ask you EXACTLY how is palin/mccain going to do that?to answer this quastion you MUST be smart enough to know how the process of sitting a SC justice works. Do you have time to learn this? Understand the process befor eyou start accusing palin/mccain of wanting to tak away your right to choose. KNOW that its the SEANTORS in Congress (including obama, biden, clinton etc) who gets to decide IF the president pick gets the job. We have had a REPUBLICAN PRO LIFE President for 8 years, has he taken away your right to choose? no and he doesnt want to d that. mccain and palin dont agree with abortions but they ARE NOT against YOUR right to choose so get some knowledge before speaking about such a topic.

    September 16, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Ariana

    I agree with Tony. If you are against abortion, then don't have one. But you have no right to tell other women what to do with their bodies.

    September 16, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Julie

    I saw her on CNN yesterday. In my opinion, she came across a fruitcake. And I am sorry, I am just not in to name calling but she was very loopy. Not very believable.

    My body, My choice.

    September 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. 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 whole ad is a red herring intended to distract idiots from the real issues.

    September 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. The BOTTOM Line......

    YOUR BODY, YOUR CHOICE......WITH THE REPUB's, THEY WILL MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE!!! THEY ARE AGAINST Roe V. Wade!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE... IF YOU WANT THE GOVT. TO MAKE THE DECISION FOR YOU WHETHER YOU CAN OR CANT HAVE AN ABORTION UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, THEN VOTE MCCAIN........THE ISSUES ARE CLEAR!!! WAKE UP..........

    September 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Jason, Omaha, NE

    Gitty, Obama needs to get expirience but Palin doesn't? Obama has been an elected official on the national stage for 11 years and Palin has been for 20 months. It seems to me that you are voting for a women no matter what the women if you support both Hillary and Palin considering their policies couldn't be any more different. One is pro-life, one is pro-choice, one is for universal health care, one isn't. But sure lets just vote for whatever women is up for election.

    September 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Blair

    At least this woman had a CHOICE. Sarah Palin will take away
    women's rights to choose. We are not living in the dark ages. I am
    still voting for Obama. McCain and Palin are against women's
    rights(talk about sexist), and will overturn Roe vs. Wade. With Sara
    Palin in office, these women won't even have a voice.

    September 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. White Mother for Obama!!

    There are some laws in some states ( I dont know about all states) that you cannot abort past a certain period in your pregnancy. This failed abortion stuff and late term pregnancy abortions I have not heard of.. and do not agree with.

    I believe if a woman does not want her child in an early stage is her choice. And especially if its due to rape, incest, or health reasons.

    At least Dems give the choice... vs Palin NO CHOICE AT ALL!!

    You can talk the Dems into coming half way on this situation... but you cant Budge McCain/Palin on this issue the other way... they wont have it.

    September 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. joy

    to the comment above Gifty what ever your name is. you are stupid if u think that if McCain win in 08 and think that Hillary have a chance in 2012. if McCain wins it is over for Hillary. Perlin will run in 2012. if u know what is good for u, u better pray for Obama to win.

    September 16, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Debra, Alton

    What about the fact she was at the abortion clinic?

    September 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Irony

    I am a woman, and I have too many rights... please take some of them away.

    When you are done, how about taking away some more?

    Brought to you by all "pro-life" women.

    September 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Andy J, NY

    Yeah, your body, your choice.

    Who cares that you chose to have sex, and, surprise surprise, pregnancy resulted! It all goes back to people not wanting to accept responsibility for their actions.

    Don't want a baby? Don't have sex.

    Want to have sex? Be prepared for the logical consequences of A REPRODUCTIVE ACT.

    But, yeah, if you want to kill a child because you are too selfish to accept the consequences of your actions, go right ahead. Its on your conscience (if you have one, which i seriously doubt, due to the fact that you are aborting an innocent baby), not mine.

    September 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. P O O P I E

    O B A M A::::::::T H I S:::::::::T O P I C::::::::::::A B O V E::::::::::M Y::::::::::::P AY:::

    G R A D E::::::::::"I ' M::::::::::P R E S EN T"

    September 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Sharon from NJ

    Abortion should be women right to chose. Abortion should not be used for birth control methods. I was raped at 13 and became pregant and had a abortion. No child should have to suffer of rape and being pregant, We do not want to repeat history of women dying giving self abortions. Why would you put your daughter through that?
    Can you imagine self abortions and sucide would be up? All because the law was reversed. Who is going to take care all these unwanted babies? We have too many in the system not being adopted. With all the failures that is going around who can afford to feed extra mouth when they can't afford to put food on the table for the one they have now?

    September 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Helene

    People who claim to be pro-life should be against the death penalty ! What I do with my body is MY business, not Palin's.

    September 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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