In last week’s GOP debate, Newt Gingrich claimed that President Obama supported infanticide as an Illinois state senator. Here is the charge in Gingrich’s own words:
You did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide. If we’re going to have a debate about who is the extremist on these issues, it is President Obama, who, as a state senator, voted to protect doctors who killed babies who survived the abortion.
There are two key claims here: (1) that President Obama supported infanticide, and (2) that the media virtually ignored it in his run for president in 2008. Patrick Brennan has done a fact check on Gingrich’s claim and has basically confirmed that Gingrich’s statement was accurate. Brennan writes:
Obama’s record as a state senator was not merely pro-choice, but radically pro-abortion. His voting record indicates that he does not believe infants deserve protection even once they have emerged from the womb if they are deemed to be below the age of viability, and he did in fact, three times, vote to keep a form of infanticide legal.
The President’s extreme pro-abortion views were well-known before he was elected in 2008. Indeed, I wrote about it numerous times on this blog in 2008. The reason that most people don’t know about this is that the press gave him a pass on this issue in 2008.
Maybe with all the talk of contraception this cycle, the press will finally give his infanticide votes a little more scrutiny. I’m not holding my breath for that one.