North Carolina Gov. expected to veto “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act”

By Dave Andrusko

The North Carolina legislature has sent to the unfriendly desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper “a bill requiring doctors and nurses to protect and care for children born alive during a failed late-term abortion,” according to Gary D. Robertson of the Associated Press.

Robertson, whose stories are typically totally biased against the life-affirming side, went on to add

The Republican-drafted legislation specifies that health care practitioners should grant those children born alive the same protections as any other newborn patient. Those who don’t do so could face a felony and active prison time, along with potential $250,000 fines and other monetary damages. A mother can’t be prosecuted, but health care providers who fail to report any improper care to authorities could be charged.

Yes. Senate Bill 359–the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act”—does exactly that: it forbids discrimination in the treatment of a baby who survives the abortionist’s assault.

The House passed SB 359 on Tuesday, 65-46, the day after the Senate approved the bill, 28-19. Since it is widely expected that Cooper will veto SB 359, “Republicans will need some Democratic lawmakers to side with them to override the veto,” explained Will Doran of the Raleigh News & Observer.

During floor debate, Joyce Krawiec, the bill’s sponsor, correctly said, “This has nothing to do with limiting abortion in any way.” SB 359 “changes nothing except how that born-alive infant is treated.”

Naturally Democrats opposed providing equal treatment to born-alive abortion survivors. Their trio of threadbare excuses?

It (medical neglect—infanticide) never happens; if non-treatment decisions are to be made, “Do you trust the politicians in this room or do you trust the doctors and nurses who are trained?”; and “the measure seeks to force medical actions between a physician and a pregnant woman, interfering with her right to an abortion,” in Robertson’s paraphrase.

States are introducing laws to protect born-alive abortion survivors but, regrettably, pro-abortion Democrats insist the debate is over abortion, not non-treatment of babies who are no longer in their mother’s womb.

The same pitched battle is taking place in Congress, as NRL News Today has reported on multiple occasions. Democrats in the House and the Senate are preventing a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

House pro-life Republicans have responded with a campaign to persuade a majority of House Members (218) to sign a “discharge petition” which would force a vote. As is the case in North Carolina, Republicans need some Democrats to take the side of life in order to win the day for abortion survivors.

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