By Dave Andrusko
As we reported last week, pro-life Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said we should expect a Senate vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311) on February 25.
When pro-abortion Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) blocked pro-life Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse’s initial request for unanimous consent, she tweeted out the standard pro-abortion-and-more line Democrats will rely on to obscure the truth when the Senate debates S.311.
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.
Let me offer selections from pro-life Republican United States senators who pleaded with their colleagues on the other side to give life a chance. They will help anyone who is the least bit ambivalent understand what is at stake in a measure that would just treat babies who survive abortions as you would any other baby born premature.
First, Sen. Sasse (R-Neb.)
Mr. President, this place fancies itself the world’s greatest deliberative body, but we would be deceiving ourselves if we ignored the biggest debate that has been happening in America over the last 36 hours.
A publicly elected official—Governor of one of the 50 States—has been defending a practice that is morally repugnant. The Governor of Virginia has been defending a practice that is repugnant to civilized people across the entire world.
Here is just one of the ugly nuggets from Ralph Northam, the Governor of Virginia: ‘‘If the mother is in labor . . . the infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated (if that’s what the mother and the family desired) and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.’’ Let’s be very clear about what we are talking about. We are talking about fourth-trimester abortion or what anyone in the normal world calls infanticide. That is what we are talking about, and the Governor of Virginia has been defending this all day yesterday and again today, going out and trying to equivocate and qualify and then double down and again say he wants to defend this practice, which is infanticide.
Let’s be clear about what we are talking about. We are talking about killing a baby who has been born. We are not talking some euphemism. We are not talking about a clump of cells. We are talking about a little baby girl who has been born and is on a table in a hospital or a medical facility, and then a decision or a debate would be had about whether you could kill that little baby. We are talking about the most vulnerable among us, and we have a public official in America out there again and again defending this practice. This is infanticide that we are talking about. This should be so far beyond any political consideration. We are talking about a little baby—a baby with dignity, an image bearer. We are talking about a tiny life that has done nothing wrong to warrant being left to die cold and alone on a table.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).
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.
Many have often referred to this as the world’s greatest deliberative body, but let me be clear, folks. There is nothing great, there is nothing moral or even humane about the discussion we have before us today. Over the past week, we have witnessed the absolutely ugly truth about the far-reaching grasp of the abortion industry and its increasingly radicalized political agenda. Politicians have not only defended aborting a child while a woman is in labor but have gone so far as to support the termination of a child after his or her birth—a child—a baby.
Rationality, decency, and basic human compassion have fallen by the wayside. Somehow this conversation has devolved so completely that a bill prohibiting the murder of children who are born alive—a bill that simply prohibits infanticide—has tonight been blocked on the floor of the Senate. We have moved beyond all common sense, and this body can no longer unanimously condemn murder. We face a moral crisis when this body refuses to acknowledge the repugnancy and savagery of infanticide.
Sen. James Lankford (R-Ok.)
This is not about pro-life and pro-choice; this is pro-humanity. To get to the point at which we are discussing whether children live or die based on what they look like at birth and then, if they don’t quite look right, we will take those lives is inhumane and is beneath us as a society. I cannot fathom the discussion that we are having on the floor of the U.S. Senate as to whether a fully delivered child lives or dies or discuss what happens during a botched abortion when a child is fully delivered.
It used to be that my Democratic colleagues said life begins at birth. Now, apparently, it is not at birth anymore; it is unknown when life actually begins because it is a discussion we are going to have at their births now. How can we block this bill? How can this, of all things, not bring unanimous consent? It is inhumane.
Sen. Steve Daines [R-Mont.]
If we can’t agree on something so fundamental—that babies born alive deserve the right to life—I fear deeply for the direction that some are taking our country. I implore my colleagues on the other side of the aisle not to block legislation that would bring much needed protections for the most vulnerable among us.
I found it interesting that at the March for Life, one of the best tweets I saw that day was by someone who, in essence, said: It is the only march in America where those who are showing up to march are not marching for their rights; they are marching on behalf of those who don’t have a voice.
That is worth standing up for on the floor of the Senate today. Every human life must be valued. Every human life must be protected from conception until death. Thank you.
And Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)
In one sense, it is very hard to imagine this legislation is even necessary in the United States of America. In the 21st century, when, every day, new, advanced technologies bring new revelations about the wonders of human life, it is hard to fathom the extremism of the politicians in New York and now in Virginia who would deny the protections of law to the most vulnerable members of our society—the innocent unborn—and allow them to be aborted, allow them to be killed right up to the moment of birth.
It is hard to comprehend statements like those of Ralph Northam’s, the Virginia Governor, who said that if he had his way, infants who survived abortion attempts would be delivered and kept “comfortable”—that is his word—while the doctors and the parents decided their fate.
Is this really what it has come to in the United States? Is this really the social vision of today’s Democratic Party? …
We often hail the ancient Greeks as the founders of democracy, but, of course, most of the Greeks believed that most humans were born to be slaves and that their lives were utterly worthless. Oh, they had a democracy, of course, but it was the democracy of the few ruling over the many. The Romans took the same view. They kept most of their subjects in chains. They infamously killed children they didn’t want and left them to be exposed on hillsides or in deserted places. The Romans had a republic, but citizenship was for the few. The strong ruled. Most lives, they thought, didn’t matter.
This has been the general rule of the ages. The Aztecs, the Mayans, the Incas all practiced child sacrifice. Archaeologists recently discovered a burial ground dated to the tomb of the empire in Peru where more than 140 children were dismembered in a ritual of sacrifice. So it has gone down through the years. The strong prey upon the weak. The few rule the many. Individual lives don’t count.
We here in the United States of America hold to a different conviction. Our Constitution was written and the whole edifice of American liberty depends on a very different belief, on a belief that is as simple as it is powerful—that every life matters. We believe and it is our pride to believe that every person has dignity and worth—worth that is not given to one by the strong or the rich, that does not come to one from the State or the city, that does not depend on place of birth or social status, but is one’s by right because of who one is—a human being created in the image of the living God.
I know some are tempted, when they see this rising tide of barbarism and cruelty, to feel despair, but I do not. I think of the words of Lincoln, who spoke of the “unfinished work” of this Nation, and I take courage that all of these years later, we are a revolutionary nation still.
So we must press forward in this generation for our revolutionary faith. Let us not go back to the darkness and cruelty of the past. Let us not go back to the arbitrary rule of the powerful and the few. Let us affirm again our founding belief in the equal worth and equal dignity of all.
As we do, we will do our part for liberty and justice in our day.