The “Born Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act” was killed in the U.S. Senate. The bill has been around the block in Congress for years. It reemerged after, in early 2019, the State of New York, Virginia, and others passed or proposed laws permitting abortion up until birth.
This new push for abortion on demand at all stages of development horrified the American public.
It was a perfect time to get Senators to vote “on the record” regarding support or opposition to saving children that survive an abortion attempt.
How could Senators not want to save babies born alive!? That was the question of the Republican majority.
The bill was actually about protecting abortion doctors that may not have the skills required to save a child born alive. The press missed it.
In the Senate, you must have 60 votes to proceed with a bill. With only a 53-seat Republican majority to 45 Democrats and 2 Independents, getting 60 votes in the Senate requires many Democrats to move their vote away from the party.
The February 25, 2019, Senate vote on the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” was 53-44 with three absent. This was not enough to move the bill. Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania were the only Democrats to vote for the bill.
What the Bill Said
The legislation requires that, when an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, health care practitioners must do the following –
“exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.” Then “ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.”
There are strict penalties in the bill for anyone who has knowledge of this happening and does not report it. A woman whose child survives an abortion and is then terminated is protected by the bill and she can sue the doctor and have civil remedies.
The Political Spin that Killed the Bill
Sen Schumer, the Democrat leader of the Senate, proclaimed that the bill was an attack against health care providers; “to target, intimidate, and shut down reproductive health care providers.”
Schumer convinced the Democrat Senators that it was a measure to make Doctors stop doing abortion because if a baby survived, they would be responsible for saving it or held criminally responsible. This was reported in the Daily Signal.
By law, an infant extracted during an abortion that is breathing or has a heartbeat is legally a “person” and has full legal rights. Not taking measures to save a person should indeed have consequences.
Why the Democrats Were So Quick to Kill the Bill
There is a difference between Doctors that do abortions and Doctors that save babies at birth. It is a different skill set. The “Born Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act of 2018” would have made Doctors criminally negligent if they did not have the same degree of “professional skill” to save a baby that came out of abortion breathing or with a heartbeat.
A current law, the “Born-Alive Infant Protection Act of 2002” (details below) gives an infant born alive, even in an attempted abortion, full legal rights as a “person.” But it did not require anything from the doctors or impose criminal penalties.
This is why Senator Schumer was so adamant about the 2019 bill being “an attack on the Doctors.” Planned Parenthood, who heavily funds Democrat candidates, likely created this narrative to protect their Doctors.
Do the Math!
Several Senators say the bill “didn’t matter because this virtually never happens.” These Senators need to do the math.
According to the CDC, Abortion performed at equal to or greater than 21 weeks’ gestation makes up 1.3% of all abortions, according to statistics for 2015.
Only 1.3% sounds like a small number, but with 638,169 abortions performed in 2015, that equals 8,296 later term abortions in just one year! That, my friends, is not an inconsequential number!
Most medical communities establish 24 weeks gestation, the latter part of the second trimester, as the earliest time of viability, when a child can survive outside the womb, according to the American Pregnancy Association.
Out of 8,296 abortions done after 21 weeks, how many of those children could have survived? I personally have friends that have babies born prematurely as early as 24 weeks and they are healthy happy children.
The Real Survivors
The Democrats promote political rhetoric that children do not survive abortions, so this law and medical protection are not needed.
Yet there are hundreds of adult abortion survivors. Many have now organized and are having their voices heard. Thank God they are here to have a voice.
The Abortion Survivors Network was created by saline infusion abortion survivor and international pro-life speaker and advocate Melissa Ohden, who recognized the need for both support for and among abortion survivors.
A page on TeenBreaks.com tells the stories of abortion survivors.
“I was aborted and I did not die! I should be blind, burned… I should be dead! And yet, I live! Due to a lack of oxygen supply during the abortion I live with cerebral palsy…Today I am left only with a slight limp. I no longer have need of a walker or leg braces… Death did not prevail over me… and I am so thankful!”
There is a Law in Place
In 2002, Congress passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which guaranteed to infants born “at any stage of development” full legal rights.
If, after the baby leaves the mother, they are breathing or have a beating heart, even if they are still attached to the umbilical cord, they are protected by law. They are defined as a “person” or “child.” This includes babies being extracted during an abortion.
However, that bill which passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President George W Bush did not include criminal penalties for doctors that did not try to save the baby. The law did not take into account the Doctor extracting the baby may not have the medical skill to save its life if it came out alive.
It was assumed, that since the child was defined by law as a “person,” with protection under the law, that not attempting to save the life of the person by a medical professional would be a criminal act.
Does a Mother have a right to kill another person, even if it is her child? No, neither does a Doctor.
Putting Women’s Health in Danger
According to the CDC; “In 2014, the most recent year for which data were available, six women were identified to have died as a result of complications from legal induced abortion.”
The number of injuries or hospitalizations of women is not reported properly in the United States. When an ambulance from an abortion clinic goes to a hospital it is categorized as “childbirth complications,” or “maternity mortality.”
In these cases, great measures are taken by the abortion providers to cover it up, including paying off the family in exchange for a non-disclosure agreement. It is a hidden secret of the industry that needs to be revealed.
If Congress is serious about women’s health, the rules of reporting these statistics to the CDC need to be changed.
No Protection for Women or Children
Allowing Doctors to do a surgical or chemical medical procedure, extract a life, without the skills set to “save a life” is not only dangerous for the child/legal person but also for the woman undergoing the procedure.
States have tried pass requirements for abortion Doctors to at least have “admitting privileges” at a local hospital. This requirement is fought hard against by the Abortion Lobby.
The Supreme Court in February 2019 stopped a Louisiana law requiring this by putting it on hold for 45 days while the doctors of the few remaining clinics attempted to get privileges.
The state-level fight over whether abortion providers should be required to have admitting privileges at local hospitals is likely far from over.
Women should be protected as well as the potential child. Requiring Doctors to have life-saving skill sets and access to hospitals should be an unquestionable standard for anyone concerned about women’s health.
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