By Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Editor’s note. There was a press conference held prior to Tuesday’s vote on a discharge petition on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act. The discharge petition is a tool that the minority can use to circumvent pro-abortion leadership who is blocking a vote on this bill.
A number of speakers shared their feelings on what is, after all, a vote on whether infanticide is now officially part of the Democrats’ agenda. Rep. Chris Smith was one of the speakers
In a Florida abortion clinic, Sycloria Williams delivered a live baby girl at 23 weeks.
The clinic owner took the baby who was gasping for air, cut her umbilical cord, threw her into a biohazard bag and put the bag in the trash.
Heartbroken, Sycloria later had a funeral for her baby girl who she named Shanice.
In Sycloria’s home state of Florida, in just one year—2017—eleven babies were born alive during abortions.
Shockingly only six states—Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas—currently require the reporting of children born alive who survive abortion. Today, we want to protect these kids from violence.
But why the cover-up?
Dr. Willard Cates, MD, former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Abortion Surveillance Unit, said:
“[Live births] are little known because organized medicine, from fear of public clamor and legal action, treats them more as an embarrassment to be hushed up than a problem to be solved. It’s like turning yourself in to the IRS for an audit…what is there to gain? The tendency is not to report because there are only negative incentives.”
Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, one of the few who got caught, was convicted of murder for killing children who were born alive after abortions. The Grand Jury report described it this way:
“Gosnell had a simple solution for the unwanted babies he delivered: he killed them. He didn’t call it that. He called it ‘ensuring fetal demise.’ The way he ensured fetal demise was by sticking scissors into the back of the baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord. He called that ‘snipping.’”
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act seeks to end or at least mitigate this egregious child abuse—this violence against children—by requiring that a health care provider must “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age or be fined and/or face up to five years in prison.”
The bill makes clear that no mother of a child born alive can ever be prosecuted.
And it empowers the woman upon whom the abortion is performed to obtain appropriate relief in a civil action.
The House needs to vote now on this humane, pro-child, human rights legislation.