The Illinois “born alive” bill that Obama helped to scuttle was no flight of fancy. It was a response to the practices of a Chicago-area hospital:
Were there “already” laws protecting premature infants, as Senator Obama has at various times stated in defending his vote against the born-alive bill?
The answer is that no law was protecting them. We know this for certain because the Illinois attorney general at the time, Jim Ryan — the man charged with enforcing state laws — wrote a letter on July 17, 2000, expressing his finding that Christ Hospital was breaking no laws in leaving premature babies to die after they survived abortions. . .
Note that this is this is the very reason legislators were trying to pass the born-alive bill in the first place.