By Dave Andrusko
Abortion extremism often seems like a redundancy. The pro-abortion mindset begins with a premise that no abortion should ever be banned–no matter how late in pregnancy, no matter how flimsy the justification.
But abortion extremism can never stop at “merely” the right to abortion on demand. It must be a right to a dead baby.
With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that three Democrats in a New Mexico state legislative committee killed [tabled] a bill that would require no more than that abortionists provide medical care if an infant is born alive during an attempted abortion [HB 37, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act].
Here’s how Dan McKay of the Albuquerque Journal explained what happened last Thursday:
SANTA FE – Democrats in the state House on Thursday blocked Republican efforts to pass a law requiring doctors to provide medical care if an infant is born alive during an attempted abortion.
The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee heard emotional testimony and debate for about two hours – as supporters of the legislation described the horrors of botched abortions and the killing of infants.
But in the end, the committee’s three Democrats voted to table the bill, preventing it from proceeding through the Legislature.
The justifications for this merciless act? According to McKay (1) that there are already laws in place for these situations [not so], and (2) “This bill would add the possibility of criminalizing a medical procedure,” according to Sandra Penn, a retired physician, who routinely opposes any and all pro-life measures.
Minority Whip Rod Montoya said HB37 would fill a gap in New Mexico law.
“This is not an abortion bill,” Montoya said. “This is a human rights bill for infants who are born alive – whether it’s following an abortion, a miscarriage or a natural birth.”
Lt. Gov. John Sanche, also testified in favor of the bill. “We have an obligation to stand up and speak out for the most vulnerable among us,” he said, according to McKay.
The pro-abortion blog rewire news offered an excellent summary of HB37. Here’s part of it:
HB 37 would prohibit a person from denying or depriving an infant of nourishment or medical care with the intent to cause or allow the death of the infant for any reason when the infant is born alive by natural or artificial means.
A physician attempting to perform an abortion would need to take all medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of a born alive infant. If an attempt to perform an abortion performed in a hospital results in a live birth, the physician attending would need to:
- provide immediate medical care to the infant;
- inform the mother of the live birth; and
- request transfer of the infant to an on-duty resident
- or request transfer of the infant to an on-duty resident or emergency care physician who could provide medical care to the infant.
If an attempt to perform an abortion performed in a facility other than a hospital results in a live birth, a physician attending the abortion would need to provide immediate medical care to the infant and call the 911 emergency response system for an emergency transfer of the infant to a hospital that could provide medically appropriate and reasonable care and treatment to the infant. …
Any “born alive” infant, including one born in the course of an abortion procedure, shall be treated as a legal person under state law, with the same rights to medically appropriate and reasonable care and treatment.
Whoever intentionally performs an overt act that kills a born alive infant would be guilty of a first degree felony. Whoever intentionally attempts to perform an overt act to kill a born alive infant would be guilty of a second degree felony.