Is there any political issue in American history that was more corrupting than abortion rights? Based on last week’s House vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, I don’t think so.
The bill stated that any infant born alive after an attempted abortion is a “legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States.” Doctors would be required to care for those infants as a “reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive.” How could anyone who doesn’t endorse legalized infanticide oppose that measure? [You can read the whole bill here.]
Yet the bill only narrowly passed, 220-210, because every Democrat except two voted “no.” (We all know that the Democratic Senate will block passage anyway.) Only one Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, voted for the bill with one other Democrat, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, courageously voting “present.” All of the rest, totally in thrall to the most extreme pro-abortion activists, want doctors to have the option of dashing out the brains of a living new-born who has survived an abortion against the nearest wall. Don’t think they won’t: doctors who botch abortions get sued. But hey, no baby, no problem!According to the CDC, at least 143 babies were born alive after botched abortions between 2003 and 2014 in the U.S., though there probably were more…those walls, you know. The Democrat ghouls who want live babies to remain killable babbled gibberish while explaining their votes. Rep. Gerald Nadler (D-NY), argued, “The problem with this bill is that it endangers some infants by stating that that infant must immediately be brought to the hospital. It directs and mandates certain medical care, which may not be appropriate, which maybe endanger the life of an infant in certain circumstances.”
How could the same care any “reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive” be inapparopriate? Oh, right, the appropriate care is “wall meet head” and, “Yes, madam, your abortion went smoothly.” Nadler’s line was obviously the best the party could come up with, because it was repeated in slightly varying forms by all the Democrats who spoke against the bill, including Nancy Pelosi.
Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) was typical. “[This bill] requires immediately taking a struggling baby to a hospital,” she siad. “That hospital could be hours away and could be detrimental to the life of that baby. This is nothing more than part of the effort to make abortion illegal nationally in this country. I object, and I urge a no vote.”
Wait: how does a law requiring live-born babies not to be killed make abortion illegal? Never mind: the Democrats know they have no ethical arguments but that their constituency wants 100% guaranteed no-baby abortions on demand. New House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries claimed that the bill would lead to “government-mandated pregnancies.” Oh, right: “The Handmaiden’s Tale” again.
Jeez, get some new material, guys.
I don’t know how these people can sleep at night.