By Dave Andrusko
Let’s see if the anti-life phraseology fits the action, okay?
Congressional Democrats are pulling out all the procedural stops to prevent a vote on whether it is acceptable to choose not to treat babies who survive abortions. We are talking about infanticide by neglect, although to extremist Democrats abandoning abortion survivors is somehow a subset of “abortion rights.”
But the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is not about abortion at all! It does no more than require that health care practitioners who are present when a baby is born alive following an abortion to exercise the same skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of that child as would be offered to any other child born prematurely at the same gestational age.
In the Senate, 60 votes were needed to leap a procedural hurdle to get to a vote. Democrats made sure there were not enough. In the House, where Democrats rule, they refuse to allow a vote.
The only option House Republicans have to circumvent pro-abortion Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s edict that the bill will not be heard is to gather 218 signatures on a discharge petition. Yesterday, on the first day, they amassed an impressive 193 signatures.
Even the pro-abortion site rewire.com concedes, “Discharge petitions are typically used by the minority party to push for votes on bills that the majority party doesn’t want,” yet describes the petition signature effort as nothing more than a “political stunt” that is “undoubtedly a bone to throw to the anti-choice base of Trump.”
A “political stunt”? I wonder what the author of the rewire piece, Katelyn Burns, would say if she ever watched an abortion survivor being shuffled off into the corner to be left to die? If she did, her tiny heart might grow three sizes.
A “bone” to pro-lifers? If the shoe were on the other foot, would Burns dismiss pro-abortion legislative efforts as nothing more than a throwaway gesture to the base? Of course not!
Congressional Republicans and pro-life President Trump are doing exactly what they ought to be doing: in each and every way possible, show the public which party believes it is acceptable to abort a child up through 40 weeks and neglect her if she survives the abortionist’s best efforts to kill her.
Pro-abortion senators such as Tim Kaine of Virginia pretend a law passed in 2002 already protects vulnerable abortion survivors. It should but it hasn’t—as he well knows.
We’ve seen cases where abortion survivors are left uncared for. We’ve witnessed the trial of Kermit Gosnell who aborted alive hundreds of babies and then murdered them by slicing their spinal cords.
And that doesn’t even address the bone-chilling undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. You’ll recall how various persons described stomach-turning practices within certain abortion clinics that, at the very least, raise questions about whether it is generally recognized among abortion-clinic personnel that a born-alive baby is a legal “person,” whether before or after “viability.”
The only party pandering to its base is the Democratic Party—the base that insists there can never, ever be a limitation on abortion and that it must always be open season on abortion survivors.