September 16th, 2008
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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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soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. real dem

    During the primaries, the Hillary-supporting "feminists" yelled that Barack Obama wasn't pro-choice enough.

    Now Barack is too pro-choice?

    He's too white, he's too black.

    He's too liberal, he's too conservative.

    He's a Washington insider, he's a naive community organizer.

    Blah, blah, blah.

    September 16, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. LS

    Too much of a touchy subject – other people need to mind their own business on what other people decide to do in their lives. Especially, when it involves different situations and reasons why these choices are made.

    September 16, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Debra

    In 1977 Obama was in high school if my math is correct. This woman's mother is the one that had the abortion.I received an e-mail stating Obama supports beating fetses in the head until they die in such abortions. The lies must stop. Bill Clinton was pro-choice, my young daughter was told by a friend at the tender age of 6 that he killed babies. Distortion and fear monguling is the Republican parties way. Women have a choice and should continue to have a choice. Thier decisions are thier own personal one's, not something for poitician's to play with. Palin is so far to the right women may lose this choice with her "mission".

    September 16, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Love My USA

    ABORTION IS MURDER..... Don't do it! It will haunt you till the day you die...

    September 16, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Republicans are ridiculous

    Republicans are such idiots. I'm more pro-life then they are. Though I some what support abortion I think that other alternatives should be used when necessary. Unlike republican "pro-life" I don't support the death penalty, you know when the person that is being killed is actually aware of it's mortality. I also don't support war, where republicans are sure happy to go in and kill God knows how many people. Even one of these people even made a comment earlier that Democrats support infantcide but not the death penalty. Um I'm pretty sure both are life, so using the term "pro-life" is only a little true...really only for one issue.

    September 16, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Just Me In WV

    To Disgrunteld Voter:

    What about mind your own business/body dont you and people like you understand?

    September 16, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. angie - dallas -28


    September 16, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Sara Martini

    "My Body, My Choice !!"

    Actually, no. The human being in the womb is a distinct entity. Anyhow, Obama does not want to protect kids OUTSIDE the womb either, when it is clearly not anyone else's body.

    September 16, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. sophia nyc

    Obama didn't 'invent' Roe v Wade

    Abortion is a fundamental right of liberty. What other rights will the Republicans take from us?

    September 16, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. David, Silver Spring, MD

    I love Republicans like Mary (one of the commenters). They're all about protecting fetuses, but they have no problem killing adults, either through unnecessary wars or capital punishment. Nor do they have any problem with kids being subjected to lead or other environmental toxins that leave them, not dead maybe, but diminished to the point of being unable to live a full life.

    September 16, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Cindy

    We will never agree on every issue- that's just life- I still very stronlgy believe in a womans right to choose what is best for her and that should be protected.

    September 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. A CANUCK

    I'm so sick of these ads !!!!! Just wait until dishonorable McCain has to meet decent Obama face to face......McCain is going to have a Barbara Walters moment !!! OBAMA/BIDEN2008/12

    September 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Abortion is a woman's personal choice.

    Instead of pointing fingers at Obama, Ms. Gianna Jessen should ask her mother why she choose to abort. Jessen's anger is aimed at the wrong target.

    September 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Don

    Hate to date myself like this. But I was an Orderly working my way through college BEFORE Wade vs Roe. I remember the bad old days, when young women were dumped off at the emergency room door-near comatose from bleeding and infection. They had had the back-alley abortion with coat hangers and kerosene soaked rags.

    They bled profusely (those who were not bled out) and had horrible infections. Many died. And to steal a line from "Man of LaMancha"– I held their hands at their last moment. I looked into their fever drenched eyes. They were not asking why they were dying, but why they had ever lived!

    Hold their hand McShame and Palin. Look into their eyes as I have and tell them why they are dying.

    September 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Restore America

    The fact is that abortion is wrong. Killing an innocent child for your mistake is an even bigger mistake. It's been proven by science that a fetus is a living thing, a living HUMAN. So if you don't want a kid...don't have sex and if you do, use your sex-ed and don't get pregnant. No one should be punished for your mistake, especially a helpless infant.

    September 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Sarah, Missoula MT

    the abortion issue is about CHOICE. the abortion issues is about women's rights. if you don't agree with abortion, don't have one. this is about FREEDOM, something i thought the republicans cared about.

    how many women would die because of shoddy illegal abortions if roe v. wade was overturned?

    and how can palin be pro-gun and pro-death penalty and pro-war AND pro-life? hypocrites.

    September 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Doyle - MI

    Keep focused Economy and Wars.

    September 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. NoMcSame

    Its McSames(McWar) job to see that they grow up so that he can send them off to die.

    September 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Millie Gee

    What does abortion have to do with the economic meltown; price of gas, food and the interest rate? Republicans want this election to be run on those issues. We should and must not allow them to.

    September 16, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Go Sarah!

    Tony....she survived but she has cerebal palsy because of the damage done to her. Get a grip, bud.

    September 16, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. joseph

    ONEIL September 16th, 2008 11:53 am ET

    So what's the point here?
    You survived it, meaning you're in for it. With Republicans, you wouldn't have had the chance to have it at the first place. So where do you belong?

    Please CNN this lady must be confused. Get us something serious

    You might take first place for the dumbest person on this page, which is saying alot. The attempted abortion was going to kill her, she was the little sack of inconvienance that her mother didnt want, and she survived her mothers attempted murder. I dont believe she will be in the market for any abortions.

    September 16, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Marie

    Again, Republican supporters are stretching the truth. Senator Obama never voted against life saving measures for babies. His State already had that in effect. He simply voted against a bill that would have jeopardized Roe vs. Wade. I'm a Republican, and I'm tired of all these attack ads. With the economy in the tank, isn't there anything else Senator McCain can talk about. Oh, by the way, I do believe in abortion rights for the victims of rape and incest. Running ads like these only makes the Republican candidates look desperate!

    September 16, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Boston

    Don't even try to blame Obama for all things you believe wrong with the world.

    Let's try erasing RACISM to start. Make my day.

    September 16, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Kristen

    Waste of money. The hardcore abortion voters are already going to vote for their grandpa. This ad is a total distortion of the truth. The core of the bill was to try to revert Roe v Wade in Illinois (like S. Dakota tried to do). The bill contained some provision about resuccitation of aborted fetuses. Like almost everyone else in the Senate (something like 85%), the bill was shot down. That does not mean Obama wants to kill your baby you rightwing nutbags. Also, I love how you claim Obama has no experience and then raise issues on bills he voted on a decade ago. Apparently more than a decade in public office for the Fed government and one of the most populated states in the country doesn't work for you, but mayor of a town of 5,000 is so much better. Obama/Biden 08-16

    September 16, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. David Hillman

    So a 527 is attacking Obama on an issue, one important to most folks, and his 527s respond by attempting to Swift-boat John Mccain?

    Can some Obama supporter explain how this is some new brand of politics anymore? Looks like Obama is the same old desperate-to-win lying con-artist. Hope indeed.

    September 16, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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