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Video: Mike Huckabee Fabricates Pres. Obama's Statement on Abortion

| by Michael Allen

Fox News host Mike Huckabee, on Sunday, tried to defend Rep.Todd Akin's statement on how "legitimate rape" won't lead to pregnancy because a woman can somehow "shut down" before the pregnancy, by rape, occurs.

Huckabee claimed that the "real issue" was President Obama's stance on abortion (video below).

Huckabee stated that, as an Illinois Senator, Obama "voted three times against a bill that would say you had to give medical treatment to a baby born as a result of a botched abortion."

Huckabee added: "This is an after-birth abortion. He said 'No, you can still take the life of the baby even after abortion.' Neil, that's further than Barney Frank and most of the hardcore liberals in the Congress were ever willing to go."

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However, President Obama never said; "No, you can still take the life of the baby even after abortion."

MediaMatters.org reports:

According to PolitiFact, Illinois already had a law requiring medical care for a viable fetus that survived an abortion. The bills that Huckabee is apparently referring to are efforts in 2001, 2002, and 2003 to expand that law with a "born alive" clause requiring that any fetus that survived an abortion, even ones that could not survive outside the womb, receive medical care.

Obama has said he opposed those bills because the law would likely have been struck down in the courts for giving legal status to fetuses, a requirement that a second doctor be present at abortions, and their lack of a "neutrality clause" to make sure the bill would not affect current abortion laws.

Contrary to Huckabee's suggestion, at no time did Obama make the argument that infants who survived botched abortions should be killed.

(Video is via Thinkprogress.org)