Jill Stanek (born 1956) is an American activist from Illinois, best known for her allegations regarding "live birth abortions" that she publicly testified were being performed at Christ Hospital in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn. More recently, she has received national attention for accusing President Barack Obama of supporting infanticide while a member of the Illinois State Senate.
The Christian magazine World named Stanek one of the 30 most prominent pro-life leaders during the thirty years following Roe v. Wade. Since 2003, Stanek has been a regular columnist for WorldNetDaily. Stanek also has her own blog, at JillStanek.com.
Stanek testified twice before the Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives, and in several state legislatures. She is also a frequent speaker at state and local pro-life events.
Christ Hospital controversy
Stanek gained initial prominence in 1999 when she testified that, while she worked as a nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, infants that survived induced labor abortions were abandoned to die in a utility room. These allegations led to a formal investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which stated that the hospital violated no state laws. Shortly thereafter, Advocate Health Care changed its policy on induced labor abortions, barring its use against fetuses with non-lethal developmental issues.
A Christ Hospital spokesman admitted "that between 10 percent and 20 percent of fetuses with genetic defects that are aborted survive for short periods outside the womb."
Criticism of Barack Obama
Stanek generated national news during the 2008 Presidential campaign when publicizing Barack Obama's four votes against Illinois' Born Alive Infants Protection Act while state senator as well as his state senate floor testimony. She posted a vote tally on her blog showing that, during a March 12, 2003, meeting of the Illinois State Senate's Health and Human Services Committee, Committee Chairman Barack Obama prevented the passage of an amendment to Bill 1082 that would have conveyed "the rights of personhood upon any fetus expelled or extracted from the womb if that fetus was capable of breathing or voluntary motion." Stanek argued that Obama had supported the killing of such infants and claimed that he had advocated for infanticide.
Stanek was critical of Sam Brownback of Kansas, a leading pro-life advocate, for compromising in supporting Barack Obama's nomination of pro-choice Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Views on Scott Roeder's trial
Stanek has written that Scott Roeder, the murderer of Dr. George Tiller, did not get his "fair day in court". According to Stanek's article, Roeder should have been allowed to argue that shooting Tiller was a lesser crime called "voluntary manslaughter", rather than murder, because Tiller performed abortions. Stanek concludes that the fact that Roeder was not allowed this argument "...shows that the only class of people who do not get their fair day in court are those who believe in the personhood of the preborn."
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- "Obama caught on tape arguing against giving medical attention to aborted babies". Jill Stanek. 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
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- McKinney, Dave. Bill proposes care for fetus after abortion. Chicago Sun-Times, Mar. 31, 2001
- "President Signs Born-Alive Infants Protection Act," White House press release, August 5, 2002. Accessed May 14, 2009.
- "Links to Barack Obama's votes on Illinois' Born Alive Infant Protection Act". Jill Stanek. 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- Obama’s rejection of 2003 abortion bill comes to forefront, Eric Zorn, August 21, 2008
- "Obama and the sex life of 12 year olds". Wnd.com. 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- "She won't be in Kansas anymore". Worldnetdaily.com. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
- "World Net Daily column, February 3, 2010". Wnd.com. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
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