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President Obama's position as a senator on issues like partial-birth abortion-- where a live baby is pulled partially out of the birthing canal, only to have its skull punctured with a sharp object-- is known to many voters. Though he voted "present" a remarkable number of times, he voted three times against the Born Alive Act in Illinois, which says that babies who survive late-term abortions are entitled to all the rights and protections any other infant would receive.
Now, LifeNews has uncovered a fundraising letter signed by Michelle Obama in 2004-- just one year after President Bush signed a bill banning partial-birth abortion-- calling partial-birth abortion a "legitimate medical procedure."
The letter begins:
We have all been concerned lately with the rise of conservatism in this country, especially as it relates to women. You've read the alarming news about the Justice Department's request for hospitals to turn over the private medical records of dozens of patients. This cynical ploy is designed to intimidate a group of physicians and force them to drop their lawsuit seeking to have the so-called partial birth abortion ban ruled unconstitutional.
The fact remains, with no provision to protect the health of the mother, this ban on a legitimate medical procedure is clearly unconstitutional and must be overturned. [Emphasis added]
Here is a screen shot of the beginning of the letter:
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Michelle Obama has come under fire for the letter before-- particularly when her husband was running for president in 2008-- but the letter was primarily spoken of, not circulated in its entirety.
"I’d like to ask Michelle how in the world she could in good conscience raise money from fear-mongering about this barbaric abortion procedure," pro-life advocate Jill Stanek said at the time.
When then-candidate Obama issued a warning to keep family out of the public eye, Stanek added: "So it’s fine to kill late-term babies, but we can’t risk hurting Michelle’s feelings about it..."
Since arriving in the White House, the Obamas have remained strong pro-choice advocates, but are far less vocal about late-term abortions. When asked about their previous stance, Obama representatives have said the legislation interfered with the mother's original right to choose.
If anything, the Obama campaign has turned such issues on their heels. Their longstanding support for abortion makes them protectors of "women's rights," and those who disagree, or ask women to pay for their own birth control, are accused of waging a "war on women."
Read the entire fundraising letter here.