September 16th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
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Obama's abortion record under fire in latest independent ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. JC

    Once again, the radical pro-life movement is confusing pro-choice with pro-abortion. As Obama has said many times, he is not "pro-abortion" - and who would be? Giving the choice to women to make their own decision does not mean you advocate the practice. This is also the height of hypocrisy by Republicans who claim to want "smaller government" and want to give the states the choice about regulating their citizens, but want to make abortion illegal on a national level. They cannot have it both ways. If the wealthy are to be given the choice on how to spend and invest their money, then I should have the choice about how to deal with a pregnancy that may have been the result of rape or incest.

    September 16, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Peter Grenader

    This ad is disgraceful, the fact that this organization has the word 'truth' in it's name even more so. While I'm sure both Mr. Goebbels and Mr. Stalin would be proud of the tactics being used here, the American public is not.

    September 16, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Candy West Virginia

    Tony – I couldn't have said it better myself. Don't believe in Abortions, don't have one! PERIOD.

    September 16, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Jim

    How bout putting blame where blame is due Mrs. Jessen, the CHOICE was YOUR mother's not Obama's. He's Pro CHOICE, which is drastically different from being pro-abortion as you people like to portray.

    September 16, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. FRG

    What goes on inside a woman's body is nobodies business but hers-not mine, not yours and certainly not the government. If anyone else has a say it would be the person that put it there but all the woman would have to do to shut him up would be to say–it's not yours. Like I said–it's nobodies business but hers.

    September 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Nicole In NE

    If you want the whole story, the reason Obama didn't sign it was because there was wording in the bill that could open Roe vs. Wade into question. Plain and simple.

    If you people believe that Obama is for infantcide, you need help....seriously.

    September 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. lindapuma

    Get your dirty hands off my uterus!

    September 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. lee

    Democrats are for the slaughter of innocent babies. Barack Hussein Obama would suck the brains for a baby if given the chance.

    September 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Patty

    This is not about abortion – it's about saving a life that was the result of an abortion. This is what Obama voted against. Would you not try to save the life of someone who had been seriously injured! What is wrong with you people. Read the facts and get it straight.

    September 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Reagan

    Infantcide is sick. This is the primary reason I cannot vote for Obama.
    I am pro-choice but if a botched abortion results in a living infant that baby must be helped!!

    Obama is a sick, sick, sick, sick man! (4 sicks for each time he voted against saving these infants)

    September 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Michele

    Independent Group....LOL....Romney name attached that is not an independent group.

    My body and My choice.......I do not support any bill or law that takes this choice away from a women.

    September 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. DB

    Even the 527 groups have to LIE about Obama's record to have any kind of "convincing" argument. Anyone with a brain could acknowledge that no self respecting would want to leave a born alive infant to die. Obama is against late term abortions except in the case that threatens the life of the mothers.

    Let's think about this. Would it make any sense that Obama would support legislation that would mandate that a born alive infant be left to die? Keeping in mind that this late term abortion is only being done to save the life of the mother. The LIEs about Obama's view of abortion don't make any logical sense.

    September 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Is the killing going on in Iraq also genocide? THOU SHALL NOT KILL!

    September 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Beartrack

    Just one more example of the No Character, no integrity Repugs. The far right will go to no ends to try and shove their ignorant beliefs on to all of us. None of this is true, and some of you Bible thumpers will just keep blindly following. That's what you do best. Blindly follow.

    September 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Filipina

    Its my choice if I have abortion or not, you and Palin cant tell me what to do,,,,You should do an ad about "Not to cheat on your spouse" sounds familiar? You might as well you are dirty.


    September 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. JB

    This is ridiculous, do you know what is worse than people using media outlets and the media itself to make these horrible accusations? The people, the ignorant people who simply believe it without doing any research what so ever. It takes a disgusting person to accuse someone else of infanticide, but even lower, are the hateful people who believe it without question.

    September 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. miken

    Obama is waffleing on this. Four times, Barack Obama voted to oppose a law to protect babies left to die after a failed abortion and now he doesn't want to admit it. Where does this guy stand – his position is always changeing.

    September 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. T.

    Abortion is a very important topic. I bet if we stopped all abortions in America, that would allow people losing their homes and their jobs to avoid both of these horrible experiences. Furthermore, halting abortions will get us out of a billion dollar a month war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will bring back to life the thousands who died in Iraq and heal the 40,000 sick and wounded men and women who served in this useless conflick. I bet the honest and brainy Sarah can use abortion to keep us from entering into a war with Russia and Iran. And it will allow us to get more than 3% (honest Sarah says 20%) of the nation's oil from the great state of Alaska. And finally it will solve all of our economic woes. What a team we have in control of this country once ancient and clueless are elected. You, who vote for them deserve everything you get.

    September 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. David

    I don't understand the aim of this ad. We're all aware of each candidates opinion on abortion. All this will do is make Obama and McCain supporters hold firm.

    Fantastic waste of money.

    September 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Rob

    If you choose to have sex and get pregnant, then you should have the responsibility to either raise the child or put it up for adoption. It's not a 'lump of cells', it's not something you can throw away! You want to demonize those who willfully murder people, yet you feel a woman should have the right to commit murder just because she doesn't want to be burdened? Guess what, if you're grown up enough to have sex, you should be grown up to face the consequences. But then again, that's the Dem/Lib mantra – why take responsibility, let someone else do it.

    September 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Republicans believe the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth.

    September 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Bob from Pittsburgh

    I am also very mad at my mother and Obama.. my mother tried to abort me untill I was 29 years old..

    It was horrible...

    September 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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