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Born alive, but not necessarily protected

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    Is it OK for a baby born as part of a failed abortion to be allowed to die, without being given life-saving measures? Apparently most Democratic US Senators believe so.
    Forty-four of this nation’s senators—all Democrats—voted Monday to block a bill that would have provided a chance for prison time for any doctors who didn’t attempt to save the life of an infant born alive during a failed abortion.
    The bill came as a result of recent comments by the commonwealth’s embattled governor, Ralph Northam, who appeared to agree that such life-saving measures shouldn’t be required.
    A Virginia bill—The Repeal Act—sponsored by Democrat Del. Kathy Tran, sought to get rid of restrictions on abortions performed in the third trimester. Northam said this of Tran’s bill: “When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of, obviously, the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician, by the way. And, it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that’s non-viable.”
    And he gave this example, which set off a firestorm: “So, in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. So, I think this was really blown out of proportion.”
    Many felt in these remarks Gov. Northam was supporting infanticide. Of course the governor’s comments were soon forgotten as he began to deal with a blackface scandal. Calls for his resignation were heralded on both sides of the aisle at that time, but Northam has said he won’t resign.
    All but three US Democrat Senators voted to block the  Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act including both senators from Virginia and all of the Democratic senators who have announced they will seek the party’s nomination for president in 2020.
    The vote was 53-44 to end delaying tactics on the bill, which fell seven votes short. Three Democrats joined Republicans to support the bill -- Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Doug Jones or Alabama—and three Republicans were not present to cast their vote.
    The bill 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. It would have required those medical practitioners to provide that the child born alive was admitted to a hospital.
    President Trump said, “This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.”
     U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this bill “isn’t about new restrictions on abortion, it isn’t about changing the options available to women. It’s just about recognizing that a newborn baby is a newborn baby. Period.”
     Locally, Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action, said this of the vote: “I am stunned at the wide spread acceptance of Senate Democrats who are playing politics with the lives of newborn children. These babies are living, breathing human beings. They are completely separate from their mothers and yet Democrats are demanding these children be sacrificed on the altar of abortion. We must recognize that everyone has a constitutional right to life, no matter if they are one hour or one hundred years old.”