The Age of Infanticide: The Senate Will Not Even Protect Babies Born Alive

“The Senate voted Monday to block consideration of a measure that would punish any doctor who fails to provide medical care to a child born alive after an attempted abortion."

The bill would have required health-care providers to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child’ as he or she would to ‘any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”  The bill also provided for criminal penalties and the right of the mother to bring civil action.

 

Late yesterday, the United States Senate failed to muster enough votes to protect the lives of children born alive after an attempted abortion. This vote comes as one of the most important events in recent American political history—and it is simultaneously tragic and telling. This latest failure to protect human life represents the latest chapter in America’s lamentable and horrific Culture of Death – a culture driven by the pro-abortion movement.

Mike DeBonis and Felicia Sonmez covered the story for The Washington Post, reporting, “The Senate voted Monday to block consideration of a measure that would punish any doctor who fails to provide medical care to a child born alive after an attempted abortion. All but three Democrats voted against a procedural motion on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, denying it the necessary 60 votes to proceed. The final vote count was 53 in favor and 44 opposed.”

A slim majority voted in favor of the legislation while 44 senators voted against it. The number 44 demands attention—44 United States Senators voted against a bill banning infanticide. This is a chilling moment in American history.

The bill would have required health-care providers to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child’ as he or she would to ‘any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”  The bill also provided for criminal penalties and the right of the mother to bring civil action.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, the author and main sponsor of the legislation, said, “I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether or not we’re okay with infanticide. It is too blunt for many people in this body, but frankly, that is what we’re talking about here today… Are we a country that protects babies that are live, born outside the womb after having survived a botched abortion?” Sasse described the legislation as an “infanticide ban” that would have protected the lives of innocent newborns who survived an abortion that failed.

Yesterday’s vote shows the bare teeth of the pro-abortion movement and the death grip it holds upon the modern Democratic Party. The pro-abortion forces now push for radical abortion laws, which allow for abortions up to and even after a baby’s due date. They advocate for abortions in every legal circumstance and have succeeded in New York, while other states like Virginia, Rhode Island, and Illinois line up to join this sickening spiral of death.

The Christian worldview affirms the sanctity of human life at every moment, from fertilization to natural death. Thus, every abortion amounts to the murder of an unborn child. Yet, even the most radical pro-abortion lobbyists have shied away from public and eager support for late-term abortion. Now, all the limits are off. There is no line too far and no moral absolute governs the pro-abortion ideology. Their only absolute is absolute support for abortion.

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