Born Alive

If Barack Obama had his way, Gianna Jessen wouldn’t be here today.

In fact, if her biological mother’s late-term abortion had gone as planned, Jessen would have died in utero after being burned inside and out by a saline solution. But today, she is a healthy 31-year-old — and she wants voters to know the truth about Obama’s stance on the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

“We’re not talking about abortion. We’re talking about living, breathing babies who have survived an abortion and need medical care,” Jessen explained to HUMAN EVENTS. “Obama doesn’t think they should get it.”

Jessen appears in a new campaign ad sponsored by In it, she says, “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.” was co-founded by Jessen and Jill Stanek, a former nurse who discovered her hospital, Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, was leaving aborted babies to die in soiled utility closets.

“I held a baby boy who had been aborted at 21 weeks because he had Down’s syndrome,” Stanek says. “I cradled and rocked him for 45 minutes before he died.”

Stanek was shocked to discover that leaving these babies to die was legal under Illinois law. She became a vocal supporter of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act and testified before the state senate — where she encountered Barack Obama.

“He didn’t just vote against it. He took a leadership position against the bill,” Stanek says. “He maintained that the Born Alive Infants Protection Act would undermine abortion rights.”

Stanek believes that Obama is now trying to misrepresent his vote, especially since a nearly identical federal bill passed Congress in 2002.

“The federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act passed with overwhelming support, even from liberal Democrats. Even NARAL [the National Abortion Rights Action League] was neutral on the federal bill,” she says. “In Illinois, Obama had voted to the left of NARAL. He basically took a stand for fourth-trimester abortions. Why?”

Whatever his reasons, Stanek and Jessen are determined to spread the truth about Obama’s votes — as well as the reality of late-term abortion.

“I should have been delivered dead, burned and blinded. My birth certificate was signed by an abortion doctor,” says Jessen. “I hear people say that abortion is a matter of women’s rights. I ask them, ‘If abortion is about women’s rights, what were mine?”