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Does Obama agree with Partial Birth Abortion?

This is only a question I am Only curious.. Please no bashing Or comments that are rude.

If he does do you have any websites or Links that support this? I wanted to talk to someone about it and dont know enough info.

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Asked by UAFwife at 8:35 PM on Mar. 31, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • He is "on the fence" on that one. Examples..

    Trust women to make own decisions on partial-birth abortion. (Apr 2007)
    Voted against banning partial birth abortion. (Oct 2007)
    Ok for state to restrict late-term partial birth abortion. (Apr 2008)

    Taken from

    I must state that the term partial-birth abortion is in itself controversial as its a legitimate medical procedure that is sometimes done for reasons other than termination of a pregnancy (for that specific purpose alone) And that banning a "partial birth abortion" could cause legal problems when the need to utilize this procedure is necessary; as well as needing to further clarify the regulations regarding the procedure.

    Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 8:56 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • When would you need a partial birth abortion? If your life is in danger, wouldn't they perform a c section? Not being snarky...really don't get it!

    Answer by momof030404 at 9:07 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Many medical professionals do not use the PBA term and instead use the terms Intact dilation and extraction (IDX or intact D&X), also known as intact dilation and evacuation (intact D&E), dilation and extraction (D&X), intrauterine cranial decompression.

    Wikipedia has a very neutral entry here

    That gives medical justification for these procedures as well as quoting concerns from both sides of the abortion issue regarding the procedures and thier uses.

    Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 9:09 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • I think if your life is in danger,vaginal birth is safer than a c/s.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:09 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • momof030404...

    In some cases, yes that is an option. However, when used as a medical intervention, some women want to experiance the birthing process in order to help them cope with the results as a bonding experiance for them and thier partners.

    Also, this would be a same-day procedure, where a c-section would take a longer period of recovery. This leads to great chance of infection and a longer wait time for getting pregnant again.

    These types of procedures are usually done on babies that are born with severe anomalies (like hydrocephalus) and
    "the procedure has had a low rate of usage, representing 0.17% of all abortions in the United States in the year 2000"-thats the most recent rate I could find....

    Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 9:15 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Thank you ozarkgirl3, you said everything I would have.


    Answer by Friday at 9:20 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Yes--he is and also for not allowing medical personnel to give medical attention to a baby that survives abortion--check out his voting record as a IL senator. By the shear fact he promised to sign Freedom of Choice Act---it would strike down EVERY abortion law in the country. Research it and you will know.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:36 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • But Obama's record on abortion is extreme. He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion -- a practice a fellow Democrat, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once called "too close to infanticide." Obama strongly criticized the Supreme Court decision upholding the partial-birth ban. In the Illinois state Senate, he opposed a bill similar to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which prevents the killing of infants mistakenly left alive by abortion.

    Washington Post


    Answer by Ronnie80 at 11:42 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • In 1997, Obama voted in the Illinois Senate against SB 230, a bill designed to prevent partial-birth abortions. In the US Senate, Obama has consistently voted to expand embryonic stem cell research. He has voted against requiring minors who get out-of-state abortions to notify their parents. The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) gives Obama a 100% score on his pro-choice voting record in the Senate for 2005, 2006, and 2007.

    Answer by Ronnie80 at 11:46 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Obama has consistently refused to support legislation that would define an infant who survives a late-term induced-labor abortion as a human being with the right to live. He insists that no restriction must ever be placed on the right of a mother to decide to abort her child. On March 30, 2001, Obama was the only Illinois senator who rose to speak against a bill that would have protected babies who survived late term labor-induced abortion. Obama rose to object that if the bill passed, and a nine-month-old fetus survived a late-term labor-induced abortion was deemed to be a person who had a right to live, then the law would "forbid abortions to take place."


    Answer by Ronnie80 at 11:48 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

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