On March 30, 2001, Mr. Obama was the only Illinois senator who rose to speak out against a bill that would have protected babies who had survived a late term labor-induced abortion.
Mr. Obama explained that he voted against this bill because it determined that a nine-month-old fetus, living outside of the womb of its mother, which survived a late term labor-induced abortion, would be deemed to be a person, therefore, it would have a constitutional right to live.
Mr. Obama further explained that he could not vote for a bill that designated this late term abortion survivor as a person. For if he did, this young life would have to be safeguarded under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which would not allow the life of this unwanted baby to be terminated.
Therefore, this living child lying on the surgeon’s table, instinctively crying for help, had to be deemed a discardable fetus.