New Members of the House of Representatives sign the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act discharge petition

By Dave Andrusko

On Wednesday, when two new Members were sworn into the House of Representatives, it was wonderful news for our Movement on a number of grounds.

First and foremost, Rep. Mike Garcia, who replaced pro-abortion Rep. Katie Hill in California’s 25th Congressional District, and Rep. Tom Tiffany, who succeeded pro-life Rep. Sean Duffy in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District, are both solidly pro-life. Naturally, they were endorsed by National Right to Life.

But it is both substantially and symbolically important that virtually their first action as a new Member of Congress was to sign the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act discharge petition.

Let me, if I may, refresh your memory about this important initiative.

We know that Democrats in Congress and virtually all Democrats in the state legislatures fiercely oppose a vote—taking a position—on what is, in fact, passive infanticide. Why?

They know that an informed public would be outraged if they knew that a baby who survives the abortionist’s best attempt is left to die, alone and uncared for. So, from their perspective, it’s imperative that the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act never comes to a vote.

Craven behavior? Of course. But these men and women always march to the beat of the drum of the Abortion Industry and its various political arms.

But why is the killing machine and its political and its media allies so dead set against a vote?

Anything that suggests an unborn baby is more than refuse frightens them. They are so fanatical that even though the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act deals exclusively with babies who are outside their mother’s body, they reflexively oppose it.

The only way to circumvent pro-abortion Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is to secure the signatures of 218 Members on a discharge petition that would force a vote in the House of Representatives.

The signatures of Reps. Garcia and Tiffany raise the number to 205.

Let me conclude by outlining what the Act would do.

  • Requires that health care practitioners who are present at the live birth exercise skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child—the same degree of care that would be offered to any other child born prematurely the same gestational age. After those efforts, the health care workers must transport and admit the child to a hospital. To reiterate, the same degree of care. No more but no less.
  • Requires health care practitioners and hospital employees to report violations to law enforcement authorities, reducing the number of born-alive abortions that go unreported.
  • Penalizes the intentional killing of a born-alive child through fines or up to 5 years imprisonment.
  • Gives the mother of the abortion survivor a civil cause of action and protection from prosecution, recognizing that women are the second victims of abortion and promoting the dignity of motherhood

To sum it up: (a) the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is not about abortion, no matter how loudly pro-abortionists insist it is; (b) there are abortion survivors who go untreated, in spite of what pro-abortionists pretend; and (c) the Act does not require “futile care,” a common pro-abortion ruse.

Congratulations to new Rep. Garcia and Tiffany and thank you for signing on to Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act discharge petition.

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