President Trump, conservative politicians and advocates reacted with dismay after Senate Democrats blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act that would have required health care professionals to protect the life of babies that survive an abortion attempt. “Senate Democrats voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth….,” the President said in a statement on Twitter after a vote on the measure. “This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress” he continued.
All but three Democrats voted against a procedural motion on the measure, preventing it from reaching the 60 votes needed for it to proceed. The final vote was 53 in favour and 44 opposed. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said “It’s unconscionable and inhumane that some members of Congress, are unwilling to support the lives of newborns who survive an abortion attempt.” While statistics on the number of babies who survive initial abortion attempts in the U.S. is limited, an analysis of records on infant deaths coded “Termination of pregnancy, affecting foetus and newborn” between 2003 and 2014, showed 588 such cases, the Heritage Foundation said.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would: Create criminal penalties for doctors who allow infants to die rather than providing medical care after attempted abortions; Mandate that a child born alive in an abortion clinic be transported to a hospital for further care; Require health practitioners to report any violations of the law; Instituted penalties for intentionally killing a newborn, including fines and up to five years’ imprisonment and grant the woman on whom the abortion is performed civil cause of action against the abortionist and protection from prosecution if her child is not cared for after birth.
“There is no difference between infanticide and abortion: both kill the same child. We as a society have all of the information we need: undercover investigations, survivor testimonials from women who survived abortions, abortion workers on the record discussing their inhumane treatment of survivors, and Centre for Disease Control data showing that babies are surviving abortions,” Live Action founder and President Lila Rose said in a statement. “With Congress failing to do its job, every state should take this issue up for themselves, ensuring care for these innocent children that are often left to die, and work to eradicate abortion altogether,” she added.
Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins, said Democrats crossed the line in blocking the measure. “In a civilized society, there should be brightly coloured moral lines that neither party will cross. The killing of infants should be one of them. But Senate Democrats crossed that line today, putting every American on notice that there is no bridge too far, no policy too extreme. This should not be a partisan issue, but it is telling how extreme the Democrats have become that they even refuse to condemn infanticide,” Perkins said in a statement.
Source: Christian Post