Senate Democrats Block Medical Care for Babies Surviving Abortion

Democrats block Senate GOP anti-abortion effort

'They Even Refuse to Condemn Infanticide': Senate Dems Vote Against Saving Babies Who Survive Abortions

Republican South Carolina Sen. This bill was a political stunt based on scare tactics and misinformation and I'm glad it failed in the Senate.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would have required that "any health care practitioner present" at the time of a birth "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".

They say live births during abortions are extremely rare and usually occur when doctors decide the infant could not survive.

"This isn't about "clumps of cells" or 'choice.' It's about breathing, kicking, squirming babies who are alive", Toomey and Sasse wrote in an op-ed published Monday in the Erie Times-News. "Equally important, the RHA guarantees an individual's right to make their own personal health care decisions with a health care provider during their pregnancy, ensuring that medical decisions are in the hands of providers and patients, not politicians", said Vincent Russell, president & CEO of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic.

Sen. Mazie Hirono from Hawaii called the bill "a solution in search of a problem".

While uncommon, there have been many documented cases of infants surviving abortions. In Florida, where data was available, there were six instances in 2018, according to the state's Agency for Health Care Administration, the group responsible for distributing the state's Medicaid funds. "The infant would be delivered".

Democrats believe the children are the future - except the ones who survive botched abortions. If doctors failed to give medical care to a living baby, they would face criminal penalties.

Instead, she said she interpreted the bill as "mostly an effort by Republicans to force a conversation about late-term abortions and a conversation about abortion techniques", ahead of the upcoming 2020 election, which she said is "never a conversation that pro-choice people particularly want to have".

So I was going to have a little fun at the expense of CNN this morning, contrasting the news site's headline for the Democrats' gun restriction bill-"House to vote on guns background check bill with bipartisan support"-which has garnered exactly four Republican co-sponsors, with its headline for the Sen".

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CNN didn't even bother producing one of those predictably prejudiced pieces, like the ones we saw in Politico or the Washington Post yesterday, mischaracterizing Sasse's bill as "anti-abortion". "That's the only thing that this bill is about".

The Senate vote comes after recent efforts by Democrats in NY and Virginia to make it easier to access a third-trimester abortion, pushing the hot-button issue back into the spotlight.

Gov. Ralph Northam compounded the issue, saying a baby born after an attempted abortion would only be resuscitated "if that's what the mother and the family desired".

That shift in rhetoric was evident during Monday's debate. "The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don't mind executing babies AFTER birth", Trump tweeted.

Infanticide is already illegal.

"The recent legal changes to late-term abortion and the debate which followed have not gone unnoticed by the general public", said Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist poll.

Abortion opponents in Kentucky notched a new legislative victory Tuesday when the state House passed a bill that would ban the procedure for women seeking to end their pregnancies because of the gender, race or disability of the fetus.

Walorski reported during the news conference that she would be calling for a similar vote on the House version as soon as possible.

"The Democratic Party of the US Senate voted against a bill that would protect babies like me who survive abortions", she said.

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