BAIPABorn Alive Infants Protection Act
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Obama countered this charge with the same defense he has used more recently: he claims that he had opposed the state BAIPA because it lacked the pre-birth neutrality clause that had been added to the federal bill.
National Right to Life and other pro-life observers have always regarded Obama's "defense" as contrived, since the original two-paragraph BAIPA on its face applied only after a live birth; the "neutrality clause" added in 2001 merely made this explicit, and therefore the new clause did not change the substance of the original bill.
Recently a pro-abortion blogger congratulated Obama because "as an Illinois state senator, he voted against BAIPA [Born Alive Infant Protection Act] twice, and then, as chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee in 2003, prevented it from advancing to the floor.