Editor’s note. Pro-Life Caucus Chair Chris Smith [R-NJ] delivered the following statement at the September 10, 2019, hearing on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The hearing was held by Republican Whip Steve Scalise, the Pro-Life Caucus, and the author of the bill, Rep. Ann Wagner. Since Democrats control the House, naturally the bill could not be passed.
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.
Why the coverup?
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 attempted 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 Gosnell Grand Jury recommended that: “There should be no statute of limitations for infanticide. We recommend that the legislature amend the statute of limitations so that infanticide is treated as what it is – homicide. It is important to extend the statute of limitations not only because of the seriousness of the offense, but also because the crime is hard to discover. Gosnell, we are convinced, committed hundreds of acts of infanticide. He got away with them for decades because they all took place inside his clinic. We are disappointed that we can charge him for only the babies he let die in the past two years. Homicide has no statute of limitations, and neither should infanticide.”
In 2012, two bioethicists, Dr. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, published an outrageous paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics justifying the deliberate, premeditated murder of newborn babies during the first hours, days, and even weeks after birth.
The ethicists said: “When circumstances occur after birth that would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.”
In other words, the same conditions that would justify the killing of a baby in utero justifies the killing of that baby even when she is born.
Giubilini and Minerva further justified after-birth abortion by stating that new-born infants, like their slightly younger sisters and brothers in the womb, “cannot have formed any aim that she is prevented from accomplishing”. In other words, no discernible plans, dreams, or “aims” for the future equals no life at all.
Shockingly, some want to legalize and legitimize this assault on children—the murder of born alive babies.
New York Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill to allow abortion until birth and even removes penalties for infanticide of any child who survives. Illinois also repealed its born alive protections. Fourteen other states have no protections for abortion survivors in place.
Not only have 61 million unborn babies been killed since 1973 by either dismemberment—a procedure where a child is decapitated and torn apart, arms, legs, and torso—or by chemical poisoning. The loss of children’s lives in America is staggering—a death toll that equates with the entire population of Italy.
Advocates of abortion are now aggressively legislating to extend the violence after birth.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act seeks to end or at least mitigate this egregious child abuse 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 and approve this humane, pro-child, human rights legislation.
 “Abortion: The Dreaded Complication,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 2, 1981.