Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged his Democratic colleagues Monday not to block a bill ensuring that any babies who are born alive during abortions receive urgent medical care.
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Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) reintroduced his “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” following a major backlash against a Virginia bill which would have allowed abortion right up to the moment of birth — something Sasse, and many others, defined as “infanticide.”
“In just a few years pro-abortion zealots went from ‘safe, legal, and rare’ to ‘keep the newborns comfortable while the doctor debates infanticide,’” Sasse said in his impassioned address, as reported by National Review. “I don’t care what party you’re from — if you can’t say that it’s wrong to leave babies to die after birth, get the hell out of public office.”
The bill, the original form of which was first signed by President George W. Bush in back in 2002, would require that “any health care practitioner present” at the time of a birth 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.”
While Bush’s “Born-Alive Infants Protection Act” outlined the legal rights afforded to newborn babies who survive abortion, Sasse’s latest proposal focuses more on the responsibility of medical staff who are tasked with taking care of the infant amid these tragic circumstances.
Ben Sasse says he is begging from the bottom of his heart for Democrats not to block his anti-abortion bill
"You're either for babies or you're defending infanticide"
"Don't let Gov. Northam define you"
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) February 4, 2019
Following Sasse’s plea, McConnell delivered a speech to the Senate, urging the Democrats not to block such a vital piece of life-saving legislation.
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“I hope that none of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle invent any reason to block this request later today,” McConnell said. “That would make quite a disturbing statement. If they do inexplicably block Sen. Sasse’s effort, I can assure them this will not be the last time we ensure that all newborns are afforded this fundamental legal protection.”
.@Senatemajldr on #abortion: "It was even more disturbing when last week a Democrat governor was unable to clearly and simply state that of course – of course – these newborn babies have human rights that must be respected." pic.twitter.com/gCagu51oIB
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 4, 2019
“It is harrowing that this legislation is even necessary,” McConnell added.
In this country, all of us are created equal. If that equality means anything, surely it means that infanticide is wrong. Frankly, this shouldn’t be hard. pic.twitter.com/9MyPVGpw7p
— Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) February 5, 2019
What happened next?
Almost unbelievably, the Democrats objected to the bill, with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) claiming that there are already enough laws in place on the issue.
“This is a gross misinterpretation of the actual language of the bill that is being asked to be considered and, therefore, I object,” Murray said, according to LifeSite News.
Incredibly, Murray was the only Democratic senator to even attend the Senate floor and left immediately after objecting.
"Ben Sasse Wants to Ban Infanticide after Botched Abortions"
Congressional Democrats don't.@xan_desanctis https://t.co/7AKefIAQZE
— Denny Burk (@DennyBurk) February 4, 2019
“Somehow this conversation has devolved so completely that a bill prohibiting the murder of children who are born alive,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said following the objection, “a bill that simply prohibits infanticide, has tonight been blocked on the floor of the Senate.”
“Over the past week, we have witnessed the absolutely ugly truth about the far-reaching grasp of the abortion industry and its increasingly radicalized political agenda,” she continued. “Politicians have not only defended aborting a child while a woman is in labor, but have gone so far as to support the termination of a child after his or her birth. A child. A baby. Rationality, decency, and basic human compassion have fallen by the wayside.”