These people are ill. The latest email smear floating around (and wingnut meme) is that Barack Obama supports infanticide. He will not only fuck your white daughter, but he will take your babies, kill them, and eat them! Seriously.
The latest from the inbox originated from Frankie&Dwight (email@example.com):
Subject: EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH THIS
Everyone needs to watch this.
great guy – huh
you make up your own mind.
Here is the smear video:
Sharon Roy, Administrative Assistant Milton Police Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) then forwarded this smear on to the following people: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, James Burnham (email@example.com), firstname.lastname@example.org, JMMickle@leoncountyfl.gov, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reader then sent it to me.
So, for anyone interested in the truth and not forwarded email smears, here is Obama in his own words clarifying his stance on the so-called (and extremely rare) “partial-birth abortions”:
I absolutely can, so please don’t believe the emails. I have repeatedly said that I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother. Now, I don’t think that “mental distress” qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term. Otherwise, as long as there is such a medical exception in place, I think we can prohibit late-term abortions.
The other email rumor that’s been floating around is that somehow I’m unwilling to see doctors offer life-saving care to children who were born as a result of an induced abortion. That’s just false. There was a bill that came up in Illinois that was called the “Born Alive” bill that purported to require life-saving treatment to such infants. And I did vote against that bill. The reason was that there was already a law in place in Illinois that said that you always have to supply life-saving treatment to any infant under any circumstances, and this bill actually was designed to overturn Roe v. Wade, so I didn’t think it was going to pass constitutional muster.
Ever since that time, emails have been sent out suggesting that, somehow, I would be in favor of letting an infant die in a hospital because of this particular vote. That’s not a fair characterization, and that’s not an honest characterization. It defies common sense to think that a hospital wouldn’t provide life-saving treatment to an infant that was alive and had a chance of survival.