WASHINGTON, D.C.— Editor’s note. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus, delivered these remarks on the House Floor on Tuesday. Please also read his 2012 remarks which we are reposting today.
Mr. Speaker, in 2012, two bioethicists—Dr. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva—published an outrageous paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics, justifying the deliberate, premeditated murder of newborn babies during the first hours, days and even weeks after birth.
The ethicists said: “When circumstances occur after birth that would have justified an abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.” In other words, the same conditions that would justify the killing of a baby in utero justifies the killing of that baby even when she is born. They—these two individuals—made it clear that because a child does not have dreams about the future at birth, that that somehow is a disqualifier to personhood.
The infanticide that they proposed, Mr. Speaker, is here. After-birth abortion is here.
A couple of weeks ago, New York Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill to allow abortion until birth; it even removes penalties for infanticide. Other states including Virginia, Rhode Island and New Mexico have similar anti-child statutes under consideration.
The violent assault on children, Mr. Speaker, must end.
Not only have over 61 million unborn babies been killed since 1973 by either dismemberment, where the child is torn apart, arms and legs and torso literally dismembered, or by chemical poisoning—a death toll that equates with the entire population of Italy—but the pro-choice crowd now is legislating to extend the violence after birth.
Mr. Speaker, we cannot look away when a child’s fundamental human rights are being violated with such lethal actions. Pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act now. Mr. Speaker, give us that chance to vote on this.