By Andy Moore
“They were issued both birth and death certificates,” says nurse-turned-blogger, Jill Stanek. She was speaking of the tiny babies who were born alive during an abortion procedure – and then left to die. This horrific practice was taking place – not at a grimy abortion facility on the wrong side of town – but rather at the illustrious (and ironically-named) Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Jill could have chosen to do what the rest of her colleagues were doing and simply looked the other way. She could have taken the easy way out and told herself this was someone else’s problem. She could have told herself this wasn’t her calling. However, her commitment to Christ and justice drove her to put her job and her reputation on the line and speak out. In September 2000, Jill appeared on The O’Reilly Factor where she recounted an experience at the hospital:
“A coworker of mine was taking one of these babies – who was a Downs baby, aborted alive between 21 and 22 weeks – to the soiled utility room. When she told me what she was doing, I stepped in and said I couldn’t let this baby die alone. And I held him for the 45 minutes that it took for him to die.”
Bill O’Reilly – and this doesn’t happen too often – was rendered speechless.
She didn’t stop there. In 2003, she testified before an Illinois State Senate Committee in favor of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, a bill that would ensure that babies born alive during an abortion attempt would be cared for as would any other patient. A bill that even pro-abortion legislators such as Senators Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer, and pro-abortion group NARAL supported.
Sitting opposite her at the hearing was the chairman of the committee – State Senator Barack Obama who stridently voiced his opposition to the bill and voted against it – not once, but multiple times.
Since then, Jill has testified twice before the Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives and in several state legislatures. And when Obama ran for president in 2008, Jill and others launched the Born Alive Truth campaign to educate the public on his radical, out-of-touch voting record on abortion.
But as if all of this was not enough, in 2005 Jill had launched a blog – quite a new thing back then – JillStanek.com. Here she was publishing investigative reports and exposés into the latest disturbing activities of the abortion industry. With a growing pool of sources inside the abortion industry and abortion lobby, Jill’s keyboard quickly became one of the most hated things by the advocates of legal abortion. In fact, topping a list of questionable accolades, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann named Jill as the worst person in the world in June 2009.
So is Jill Stanek the worst person in the world? It depends who you ask. But register for the International Pro-Life Youth Conference today and come along and find out for yourself!