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What the Senate debate over the “Born Alive” bill will reveal

by | Feb 15, 2019

By Dave Andrusko

Two non-surprises this week. Democrats, of course, said “No!” to requests for unanimous consent so that Congress could move forward on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

Treat babies who survive abortions as you would any other baby born prematurely? They are not in the protecting babies business, unborn or born (if they are “unwanted”). A change in heart would require these small Democrat hearts to grow three sizes.

The second non-surprise was the announcement by pro-life Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that a Senate vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311) is expected February 25.

When Democrats unfurl their scroll of lies, contortions, and distortions, it’s wise to remember, “Many things are not as they seem: The worst things in life never are.”

When pro-abortion Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) blocked pro-life Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse’s initial request for unanimous consent, she tweeted out such nonsense she would have blushed were the topic not “women’s rights & health”:

Republicans scheduled a show vote on another bill attacking women’s rights & health—which leading medical groups have said should never become law. Democrats will stand w/ women, doctors, nurses, & everyone who truly cares about women’s health & rights & make sure it doesn’t.

Three quick points.

First, in the environs where pro-abortionists make their homes, I can believe they believe that to attempt to rescue the helpless babies abortionists were unable to kill on the first pass, is just politics. They actually “think” like that.

We reposted a number of pro-life Republican responses in favor of unanimous consent. For me, the most powerful was Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst:

As my colleague from Nebraska was speaking, I felt a tightness in my chest. I am a mom. I have been through childbirth, and I can’t imagine anyone taking my child, setting her aside, and then having a discussion on whether she should live or die. I can’t imagine that. I can’t imagine, after having such a precious thing as a child brought into the world, having these odious discussions of whether she should live. I can’t imagine putting a baby through that.

So I am disheartened and I am absolutely appalled by the debate we have in front of us—a debate I would have once considered unfathomable on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

I can’t imagine it, either. But Sen. Murray and her Democratic colleagues can. Easily. Readily. Joyfully.

Second, according to Murray, the bill is about “attacking women’s rights & health,” which is always and forever code for abortion. But only the willfully blind or the purposefully dishonest could say this. In truth, as Alexandra DeSanctis observed, writing at National Review Online,

None of these provisions [of the bill] is “anti-abortion.” None of them limits abortion rights. None of them “controls women’s bodies.” Notably, the bill doesn’t even mandate any particular kind of medical care at all; it requires that physicians “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.”

Third, by implication here, and stated straightforwardly in the remarks of other pro-abortionists, there is no need for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Of all the legion of dishonest statements that have come from pro-abortionists, I think none matches this from Rep. Jerrald Nadler, currently chair of the House Judiciary Committee, back in 2018 when he was the ranking member:

The bill’s implication that providers who perform abortions routinely act in a callous or criminal manner that would result in an infant’s death, or that a provider who performs an abortion somehow cannot be trusted to take adequate measures to save a living baby’s life, is insulting and untrue.

In the pro-abortion never-never land, it is “insulting and untrue” to believe that abortionists “somehow cannot be trusted to take adequate measures to save a living baby’s life.”

This is staggering in any context, but especially coming from a congressman from New York. The state’s new Reproductive Health Act legalized abortion on demand; repealed protections against illegal abortion, such as criminal acts of violence against a pregnant mother and her child; and repealed the requirement that a second physician be on hand to care for a child 20 weeks or older born should that baby be born alive during the course of an abortion.

On or about February 25, the extremism that has invaded and taken over the Democratic Party will be on full display for the world to see. They will evade, dodge, and sidestep the truth of the inhumanity around which they seek to erect an impenetrable wall of cruelty and indifference. You will be tempted to pound your fists in fury.

At the time, remember what Mahatma Gandhi once said:

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”

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