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Democrats Block Thune’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

by | Jun 19, 2024

“Democrats are apparently so determined to ensure that the supposed right to kill unborn children is protected that they are willing to oppose a law to protect born children.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today attempted to pass his Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would guarantee medical care for babies who are born alive after an attempted or botched abortion, but Democrats objected. Thune noted that this common-sense bill is a basic standard of decency, and he called out Democrats’ extreme position on the issue, which allows abortion on demand, up until the moment of birth.

Thune’s remarks below (as prepared for delivery):

“Mr. President, in just a few minutes I will ask for unanimous consent to pass my Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

“This is a very simple bill, Mr. President.

“And it should be a noncontroversial one.

“It simply says that a baby born alive after an attempted abortion is entitled to the same protection and medical care that any other newborn baby is entitled to.

“That’s all.

“It doesn’t limit abortion.  It doesn’t make abortion illegal.  It simply states that a baby born alive after an attempted abortion is entitled to medical care.

“And yet somehow this bill is too much for my Democrat colleagues, Mr. President.

“Somehow saying that a living, breathing baby born alive after an attempted abortion is entitled to medical care is a step too far.

“I’d be interested to know what exactly they’re afraid of.

“And I suspect they’re afraid that by pointing to the humanity of the born child they might end up pointing to the humanity of the unborn child.

“After all, it makes no sense to say that a baby is not a human being a second before birth and is a human being a second after.

“And so I suspect that Democrats are afraid that recognizing the humanity of a living, breathing, born child in an abortion clinic might end up leading to protection for unborn children.

“And Democrats are apparently so determined to ensure that the supposed right to kill unborn children is protected that they are willing to oppose a law to protect born children.

“It is a tragic measure of their extremism on this issue.

“And if anyone thinks that abortion isn’t a slippery slope – that we can somehow devalue unborn babies’ lives while maintaining respect for everyone else’s – well, I’m here to tell them differently.

“Because we are at a point where roughly 50 percent of the United States Congress opposes protecting the lives of born human beings if they happen to be born alive following an attempted abortion.

“Mr. President, in a matter of seconds now, one of my Democrat colleagues will object to this legislation.

“But I hope and pray that this will not be the last word, and that one day soon we will get to a point where legislation like this will not be controversial – and where the human rights of every human being, born and unborn, will be respected.

“Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent …”