A missed opportunity to protect the most vulnerable among us

By Dave Andrusko

Sen. Ben Sasse

Kudos to Sen. Ben Sasse, sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and Meghan McCain, a co-host of “The View,” for a terrific op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

Pro-abortion Democrats, of course, would insist the headline goes too far. But “America’s Extremist Abortion Industry; Why the party of ‘safe, legal and rare’ can no longer bring itself to oppose even infanticide” perfectly synthesizes how Democrats have morphed into a party that celebrates abortion on demand through all “40 weeks” (to quote Va. State Del. Kathy Tran) and beyond!

The ‘safe, legal and rare’ mantra harkens back to pro-abortion President Bill Clinton’s evasive/misleading formulation. He did nothing as President to make abortion “rare,” and only the most naïve would ever have expected him to do anything other than pay lip service to the idea that abortions are to be avoided.

“A generation later,” write Sasse and McCain, “the party of ‘safe, legal and rare’ has been captured by the loud voices and deep pockets of an extremist abortion industry that treats abortion as a moral good.” Democrats are so in the tank for the abortion industry that “Major Democratic politicians are even unwilling to protect the lives of babies who survive attempted abortions.”

We could add, that many less-than-major Democratic politicians, such as Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, have rushed to embrace infanticide.

Meghan McCain

What assisted this shift? The eagerness of “most mainstream media outlet” to “frame[] the issue with cheap euphemisms and a prefabricated narrative. They describe all pro-life policies, even ones backed by a majority of Americans, as ‘controversial.’ But when pro-abortion politicians advance extreme policies, the headlines focus on pro-life ‘backlash.’”

Not for the first time, Democrats are wildly out of step with the American people. “A recent poll found that a majority of Americans oppose withholding medical care from a viable infant, including 77% who consider themselves pro-choice,” Sasse and McCain write. “If there is ever an opportunity to find common ground, surely this is it.”

Sasse and McCain lament that only three Senate Democrats voted to proceed on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. What is the issue raised by this bill? “Whether or not it’s OK to deprive newborns [who survive abortions] of appropriate medical care.”

Their conclusion is both 100% accurate and hopeful.

This debate is about infanticide. Planned Parenthood is defending that crime. Many in the national media are overlooking it. Democratic politicians are hiding from it. But the American people are repulsed by it. The recent vote was a missed opportunity to protect the most vulnerable among us.

But it will not be the last.