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Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly passes bill to protect abortion survivors

by | Jan 28, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

Last week we reported that a Kentucky Senate committee had given overwhelming approval to Senate Bill 9 which would require the same degree of care for abortion survivors as any other child born alive at the same gestational age. 

Yesterday the full Senate did likewise. As Courthouse News reported, “SB 9 was put before the Senate and passed with no opposition on Monday afternoon.”

Kevin Koeninger explains, that along with other provisions,

The bill also prohibits a person “from denying or depriving a born-alive infant of medically appropriate and reasonable medical care, medical treatment, or surgical care,” and requires the physician performing the abortion to take necessary steps to save the infant’s life.

SB 9 is co-signed by nearly half of the 38 senators.

Of course the strong support didn’t stop the extremely pro-abortion ACLU from complaining that the bill “is another anti-abortion bill that reveals the consistent strategy of anti-abortion politicians.”

Following last week’s vote, Senator Whitney Westerfield, the bill’s primary sponsor, told reporters in a statement, “Policymakers often debate whether or not life begins at conception, as I believe it does, but surely no one can dispute that a child born alive is a human worthy of care and protection. He added, “I’m glad to see Senate Bill 9 pass unanimously from the Senate floor and I look forward to its passage in the House.”

There are enforcement teeth in the bill that applies to abortionists and other health care workers—a possible prison sentence of one to five years.

Back to the ACLU’s opposition.  Reporting for the Journal-Courier Deborah Yetter quoted from a letter of opposition sent to lawmakers by Kate Miller, advocacy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. She called “it an attempt to ‘criminalize the work that dedicated doctors do to provide this safe, legal, constitutionally-protected care.’”

This line of attack is as predictable as it is unpersuasive. Every time pro-lifers point out an atrocity such as aborting babies virtually up until birth, we hear variations of the same disinformation campaign—that the “ fetus is too severely deformed to survive.”

Adding to that, opponents insist such cases are “rare.” But the CDC estimates that between 2003 and 2014, at least 143 babies died after being born alive during abortions. The number is likely far higher due to the fact that the CDC relies on state health departments which vary in their thoroughness. Additionally, California, the nation’s most populous state, along with Maryland and New Hampshire, has not reported any abortion figures to the CDC since 1998.

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