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., 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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  1. tim

    "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.""

    Idiots.... Obama wasn't in the Senate back then.... how could he have his way if he was in his teens?

    September 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. David in Illinois

    Obama is on record as being pro-choice. That does NOT make him pro-abortion. The answer to the abortion issue is education and personal conversion. On the education side, Republicans seem to believe sex ed is anathema. But it helps prevent pregnancies that aren't planned. What's wrong with that? Debate birth control and abortion all you want, but education shouldn't be one bit controversial. And NO, Sen. Obama was not pushing sex ed on kindergartners. That dirty commercial from the GOP just goes to show how much they care about the unplanned pregnancy issue.
    Oh, and once the babies are born... who's going to take better care of them by supporting a stronger safety net? Not McCain/Palin. Those young moms are on their own!!

    September 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Chris LaSonde

    And I love Republicans, Mary! They have no problem telling the victim of rape or incest she has no choice but to carry the baby to term to protect that precious abuser's seed's "right to life," but they support the death penalty ... for humans, beluga whales, polar bears, wolves, moose and any of the rest of God's creatures they feel like gunning down.

    Not only does this Republican ticket not deserve to be elected, but the last one deserves to be prosecuted.

    September 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. DB

    American Airman, I agree with you so much but unfortunately history has shown us that the high road doesn't win, which says a lot about us as a nation. I believe that the Obama campaign would have liked to keep this race about issues and also to not indulge in this type of advertising, but then he is seen as weak or elite or whatever is thrown at him. In any street fight (and that is what this has become), the one who walks away is the looser and we can't afford that. I am so sad what this is teaching our children - lying is fine (even if you say you are a deeply religious person), saying horrible things about others is sport, and nonsense is news. We are all guilty of the messages we are showing our youth and will reap what we have sown.
    CNN, I don't understand why all of my posts are censored....????

    September 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. jm for sc

    This is a absolutely insane. Obama is not an advocate for abortion and should not be held accountable for people who makes that choice. Every election, abortion is front and center as if the democrats are pushing it.

    I am a democrat and do not believe in abortion. So guess what? I will never have one or aid in anybody else getting one. However, I believe each of us have a right to make our own choices. If people feel that they can deal with the consequences of their actions, it is totally up to them.

    God wants all of us to believe in him and live according to the bible. However, he gives each individual the right to chose their own way of living. He does not force anyone to do anything so why should we?

    The thing is, there is not big sin and little sin. If I am a liar and you had an abortion if we both fail to repent, we both will end up the same place. what more does Obama have to say since he has plainly communicated to america that he is not an advocate but wishes to reduce the number of abortions by educating people on other options.

    If McCain is elected, abortion will still be legal and we will still be heading into a recession.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. John Smith

    Has anyone actually thought that Christianity might just be wrong about the "Abortion Issue?"

    Here is how my muslim friend reasoned me through this issue:

    If you believe that Jesus, as the Son of God, had LIFE before conception, how can you argue that LIFE begins at conception?

    If Jesus had a life BEFORE conception, and returned to that life AFTER his death, then his LIFE did not begin at conception.

    Therefore, LIFE begins long BEFORE conception. So you cannot argue that life is valuable only at the time of conception.

    Can someone help me out here? I await your insight!

    September 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. rumpusgoopus

    Yup, Obama is pro-choice. We knew that already.

    September 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. You sure about that?

    "Ron September 16th, 2008 11:43 am ET

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

    wrong. That decision is made by the supreme court, not the president. Perhaps you should retake american government 101 where they talk about separation of powers.

    It's about time someone finally comes out against obama on this issue. It's fine that he is pro-choice but saying that a baby born by accident during an abortion doesn't get the rights of life is too much for me. The bill in no way underminded Roe v. Wade. All it did was outline that a baby born due to any kind of medical mistake would be given the basic rights that all americans are given. There may or may have not been laws in Illinois about that but what harm could reaffirming them do?

    September 16, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. MW

    My uterus – my CHOICE and none of your business. This is EXACTLY why we need to separate Church from State. People like McCain and especially extremists like Palin will jump at the chance to elect an extremist Supreme to try to overturn Roe Vs. Wade.

    Mainstream America wants choice. I've never had an aboution and probably never will. But I was attacked when I was younger. Remembering what I went through, women should always have the right to choose under ANY circumstance. Palin and people like her should stop spending their time judging everyone else. Palin and people like her should stop promoting hate through their churches. Nothing good ever resulted from promoting hate and judging people that are different.

    September 16, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. nicole

    use your story to help other women in need... not go on the attack against a political party. abortion is the SYMPTOM NOT THE PROBLEM. if we spent half our energy focused on that issue which there are no disagreements over, perhaps we would be further along at this point... wish mccain/palin would recognize this and make some sort of effort for women's rights... including her right to make a decision, no matter what it is.

    obama/biden '08

    September 16, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. John Rico

    It seems kind of early to be breaking out the "obama is a baby killer" ads. Wait til October 31st for those.

    September 16, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. The Voice of Common Sense (Independent Voter - Charlotte, NC)

    YES! Go get him,!!! If it were not for the Dems stance on abortion and gay rights, I would be one. However, there stubborn refusal to even consider reversing Roe V. Wade has made me a hardened 3rd-Party supporter! Ron Paul is correct! The 2-Party contol of this great country must end now so mine and other independent voices can be heard...LOUD AND CLEAR!!!

    Baldwin/Castle 08!

    September 16, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Andy J, NY

    Spencer from VA

    here is a fact for you, my friend

    FACT: Obama voted to allow babies to be left to die if they survive an abortion attempt.

    That is a fact, its on record, so stop your crying. Obama has a sick perspective on pregnancy. Remember "I don't want my children to be punished with a baby"

    September 16, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Blank stare

    I'm glad this is out in the open FINALLY!
    I think that Obama's abortion record is abysmal and should not be tolerated.

    He is pro murdering an innocent life.

    – It's all very well to be pro death penalty – that's murdering some evil man who deserves to die.

    – But what crime have these innocent babies committed?

    LORI: yes it is your body – but the life you have inside you is its own life – no longer yours, why the heck should you destroy it!!? What right do you have?

    And because Obama has his priorities ALL WRONG, i'm refusing to vote for him!!

    September 16, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Donna

    My Body, My Choice, My Business!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And to the Anti-Abortion people, why aren't you all so gung ho about helping the hundred of thousands of children waiting to be adopted? If you had your way, women would be FORCED to keep a child they don't want and would end up putting up in the HORRIBLE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM...

    YOU do not know when life begins regardless of what you may think....any consequences would be between the woman and the God that she serves, not the men/women worrying more about pushing their agenda.....

    September 16, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Wake Up Zombies!!!

    Oh MY...this is utterly disgusting!

    MY body MY choice!!!

    September 16, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. brenda

    still waiting to hear about the big lie that obamna told about his relationship with ayers. should be coming out in a theater near you very soon.

    September 16, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Ian M

    How false.

    September 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Sherri

    Has anyone checked the factual record? This is a distorted, horrid attack on Senator Obama. For more than 20 years Illinois law has provided that life preserving care must be given to a child born alive during an abortion. The more recent legislation that Senator Obama opposed were specifically geared toward undermining Roe v. Wade. The protection of the child is and continues to be in place.

    September 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Pro-Lifer

    I am pro-life. But I will vote for Obama. Why? Because I don't trust McCain or the Republican Party. They only want the Catholic votes. They are liars.

    September 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. inga

    What about McCain's propensity for war record? How many have died in the Iraq war?

    We Won't Get Fooled Again

    September 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Ann

    It was her MOTHER that made the decision not Obama.....

    September 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Ashley

    Stay out of my uteris!

    Obama/Biden 08!!

    September 16, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. DJ

    This is typical of the anti-abortion movement twisting legislative records to create the vilest possible messaging to serve their own anti-woman agenda. Think harder, people.

    September 16, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. John McPain

    Yes, that is what really matters. Who cares about 100,000's of people being killed in Bush's revenge war? Who cares about the economic ruin over the last 8 years? Nope, all we care about is abortion. Forget the fact that the GOP has had ample time to ban abortion if they wanted to. Nah, that doesn't matter.

    September 16, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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