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Questioning Baron Hill's endorsement of Obama

Bloomington Herald-Times, August 11, 2008

To the editor:

Barack Obama opposed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act in the Illinois state legislature, a bill that would make it illegal to kill a baby that survives an abortion and is born. This is a window into Obama's overall philosophy and his character. It indicates a radical pro-abortion ideology that shatters the myth of a "moderate" politician. It indicates a moral blindness to serious violations of basic human rights.

This is relevant for 9th District voters because Baron Hill endorsed Barack Obama just a few days before the Democratic Party primary in May. Obama's opponent, a tireless advocate for "abortion rights" herself, voted for the Born Alive Infants Protection Act at the federal level. Hill decided - perhaps due to the enthusiastic support Obama has in Bloomington - to support an extremist who opposed closing a loophole to ban all infanticide.

Hill's endorsement raises questions. Why did Baron Hill endorse a radical who opposed a bill banning infanticide? Why did Hill, who claims to be a "moderate", endorse a candidate who is anything but moderate? Why does Baron Hill support a candidate who defends killing newborns? Baron Hill owes it to 9th District voters to answer to these hard questions.

Scott Tibbs