Posted by Curt on 25 February, 2019 at 11:33 am. 2 comments already!


The Senate will vote today on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that would require doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive in the course of attempted abortion procedures.

When the bill’s sponsor, Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.), requested unanimous consent to his legislation earlier this month, his request was blocked by Senator Patty Murray (D., Wash.). Murray claimed the bill is unnecessary because there are already laws against infanticide in the U.S. She later told a reporter for EWTN, “Infanticide is illegal in this country. The bill goes further.”

In other words, abortion-rights supporters argue that Democrats must oppose the bill because it’s a redundant show vote to criminalize something that is already illegal and that never happens.

But opponents of the bill simultaneously assert that the legislation is a sinister anti-abortion effortto restrict women’s health-care options and punish doctors for providing necessary care. So, which is it?

The born-alive bill can’t possibly be both a meaningless, needless show vote and an effort to punish women and incarcerate their doctors. These arguments are not only fundamentally contradictory, but they also happen to be false.

There is no existing federal law enacting an explicit requirement that newborns delivered in the context of abortion be afforded “the same degree” of care that “any other child born alive at the same gestational age” would receive, as this bill would. Only 33 states currently offer some kind of protection for infants born after attempted abortions, and those laws can be repealed; New York’s Reproductive Health Act last month did just that.The legislation places no restrictions on access to abortion or on the type of abortion a woman can receive, nor does it mandate any particular type of medical care for a born-alive infant — the specifics are left up to the judgment of the physician in each case.

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