Shocking news from the Senate today: Democrats have officially blocked a bill from the GOP that would have given babies who survive abortion a fighting chance. The bill focused on punitive actions against doctors who neglect to try and save aborted babies born alive after the procedure.
The Senate voted 53-44, defeating the bill by just seven votes and completely disregarding President Trump’s personal opinion on the matter. On Monday, Feb 25th, he told the press that the “… Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth.”
Is he right, or is this issue really more complex? Let’s take a look.
- Let’s start out by being clear about something, here: this bill was not specifically an attempt to block abortion. Instead, it was a kind of compromise from the GOP: agree to protect babies who survive the birth at the very least.
- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. called on the Senate, imploring them to think about the bill carefully before they dismissed it.“I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether or not we’re OK with infanticide,” he asked.
- Democrats responded by calling the bill “unnecessary,” citing current laws against infanticide as protective enough already. They also argued that such births are infinitesimally rare and almost unheard of – which simply isn’t true.
- This Fox News article contains the testimony of one such woman by the name of Melissa Ohden. She is herself an abortion survivor, born “accidentally” (in her own words) after a saline-infused abortion.
- While she suffers no lasting effects, not everyone is so lucky. That’s why she now works with the Abortion Survivor’s Network, an activism group aimed at putting an end to open abortion access.
- Ohden blasted Dems for not supporting the bill through the Senate. “I’m living proof this is necessary,” she said. “The Democrats who voted last night against this bill really showed us that they’re willing to sacrifice lives like mine to keep abortion-on-demand right there.”
- She also drew attention to another important facet of this issue many people overlook: it’s less about the abortion, and more about what happens when problems arise. “No child should have their lives left in the hands of the abortionist or a medical professional to somehow decide to provide them medical care,” she explained.
- Ohden also encouraged bipartisan support for the bill – or future bills like it. “We need this bill, not only to ensure we’re provided medical care, but that there’s penalty for when there’s failure to do so.” She’s right; even by Democratic standards, once a baby is born, it is essentially a unique life. To deny care is a significant transgression and goes against the Hippocratic Oath.
- As for the opinions from the Democrat’s side of the argument, what Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said will tell you everything you need to know. She told the Senate it would force women to seek “care that may directly conflict with [their] wishes at a deeply personal, often incredibly painful moment in [their lives] — because politicians in Washington decided their beliefs mattered more… “
- To be clear, Murray is basically saying that the opinions of mothers who seek abortion matter more than a post-birth baby’s life. Yes, it may be painful, but there are always options. Euthanizing a post-birth infant to save the mother’s feelings simply shouldn’t even be an option.
This disturbing news speaks to an ongoing trend in the DNC: a complete refusal to protect unborn babies at risk, especially if it means agreeing with the president. Regardless of where you sit on the issue, sitting back and watching a post-birth infant die should never be an option.