By Dave Andrusko
You can always, always, always tell when you’ve uncovered a truth that anti-life forces desperately want kept hidden. They will scream to high heaven, mix categories so as to blur the point, and insist that they would never do what they just got through suggesting they would do.
Welcome to infanticide by neglect, an ugly truth that embattled pro-abortion Gov. Ralph Northam exposed in an interview on WTOP’s “Ask the Governor.” [You can hear him at wtop.com/ask-the/2019/01/virginia-gov-northam-joins-wtop-live-jan-30. The abortion discussion begins at the 30 minute mark.]
Why am I bringing up the Democrats’ insistence in the state legislatures and in Congress that there be no obligation to provide abortion survivors with equal (no more, but no less) medical treatment? Well, because the reliably inaccurate and over the top CNN cranked out a piece over the weekend hammering President Trump for his remarks about infanticide at a rally Saturday in Green Bay.
Running under the incendiary headline that “Trump rally offers incendiary falsehood on abortion at Wisconsin,” Eli Watkins recycles every talking point Democrats trot out to explain that surviving an abortion happens “rarely ; why there is no such thing as an abortion survivor who is not treated equally to a child born under normal circumstances; or that, coming full circle, what happens next is up to the mother and the “physician”—aka, the abortionist who “failed” to kill the baby on his first try.
Watkins reports (based on a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story) that President Trump said Gov. Tony Evans “shockingly stated that he will veto legislation that protects Wisconsin babies born alive.”
But that’s exactly what Evers told the Journal Sentinel. Evers argued (as do virtually all Democrats) that the law is not needed because babies are already protected under the 2002 Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.
They refuse to acknowledge that evidence has surfaced demonstrating abortionist do not take seriously the provisions of BAIPA—most specifically that the terms “person,” “human being,” “child,” and “individual” in federal law include every infant born alive, even after an abortion.
This is probably not surprising because there are no penalties for ignoring the requirements. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, by contrast, has enforcement teeth.
Watkins again quotes from the article:
“The baby is born,” Trump said. “The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby. I don’t think so.”
President Trump was referring to Gov. Northam’s comments. Here’s what Northam said on WTOP:
“[Third trimester abortions are] done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s nonviable. So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen.
“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 physicians and the mother.”
As we have discussed a gazillion times, even pro-abortionists concede this first statement is not true.
In April 2018 a Congressional Research Service report quoted from a study by all-purpose abortion apologist Dr. Diana Greene Foster who “believes that abortions for fetal anomaly ‘make up a small minority of later abortion.’”
The point the President made in Green Bay was the identical point he made in his State of the Union Address. Whether or not a child is “resuscitated” is up to the mother and the abortionist. Likewise during the ensuing “conversation,” a decision on anything additional would also be up to the mother and abortionist.
If it’s thumbs down, the baby is left to die. So rather than be honest, they quibble over the President’s use of the word “execute.”
The rest of Watkins post is to try to extricate Gov. Northam from what he said on WTOP and in the process criticize President Trump. How?
What else? By talking about how “exceptionally rare” is “abortion later in pregnancy,” as if that somehow addressed the question of what happens when the baby does survive.
How many babies are aborted at 21 weeks or later? Guttmacher says “slightly more than 1%” (the CDC says 1.3%). That would be over 12,000 abortions each year,.
And, as everyone who follows this knows, some of the largest states with the most abortions don’t provide data. That 12,000 figures is a very conservative estimate.
One other point from Watkins who wrote, “CNN spoke with a pair of ob-gyns earlier this year, both of whom took issue with the phrase ‘late-term’ and rhetoric around the issue.”
Are these pro-life ob-gyns? Of course not. Are they even mildly neutral? Of course not.
One is “a fellow with the advocacy group Physicians for Reproductive Health” and the other is “vice president of health policy at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists” whose rabid support of abortion is unquestioned.
Final thought. When she filed her (later tabled) bill, Virginia Del. Kathy Tran readily conceded her bill had no time limits. Northam’s specific contribution to that in his radio interview was instead of agreeing with Tran that only one doctor must sign off that the abortion was acceptable, Northam wanted two physicians, down from the current figure of three physicians.
Where Northam got in trouble was when one of the hosts frankly and honestly repeated what Tran had said in a “very contentious committee meeting.” The co-host noted that Del. Todd Gilbert had “pressed Tran.” (You can watch the Gilbert/Tran exchange on Youtube.)
Gilbert probed to see just how late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion under her bill. Tran answers “through the third trimester, the third trimester goes all the way up to 40 weeks.”
Gilbert clarifies, “[T]o the end of the third trimester?” To which Tran casually responds, “Yep, I don’t think we have limits in the bill.”
Gilbert gives Tran a chance to walk back her outlandish remarks. He pauses before he asks the next set of questions while Tran impatiently drums her fingers on the rostrum.
Could she abort if the woman has reached the point where “she’s dilating”? Tran tries an evasion but Gilbert politely insists on an answer.
“My bill would allow that, yes.”
So when Northam gets criticized for saying the baby would be “delivered,” what else was he supposed to say? That they’d smother the child who is moments away from birth? Take a hammer to her head?
The President turbo-charged the discussion over the real and present danger of infanticide by neglect, beginning with this State of the Union Address. No wonder Democrats and their media friends like Eli Watkins will do anything to get the discussion moved off of abortion through 40 weeks and their casual insistence that abortion survivors be medically neglected.
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