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We’ve Asked for a Vote 18 Times to Ban Infanticide. Democrats Have Blocked Us.

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We’ve Asked for a Vote 18 Times to Ban Infanticide. Democrats Have Blocked Us.

On 03.13.19 01:57 PM posted by Brad Wenstrup

This week, I asked a question, of Congress and our country, on the floor of the House of Representatives.

I requested unanimous consent for the House to consider the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would ensure that any infant born alive after a failed abortion would receive the same care “as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” to quote the text of the bill.

The legislation, which I co-sponsored, would provide equal protection under the law for abortion survivors as for any other newborn.

Democrats denied my request, preventing this legislation from even being considered. It was the 18th time they blocked it.

But thecentral question remains to be answered, especially in the wake of legislationin New York and the Virginia governor’s inflammatory comments: If a child isborn alive after an attempted abortion, should that child be refused thelifesaving medical care any other newborn baby would be entitled to?

Now let’s be clear—this question goes beyond the long-standingdebate over whether abortion is moral, because in this case, the abortion hasalready failed. We’re not debating that. In this case, we’re deciding whether aliving, breathing child, born alive after a botched abortion, should be refusedstandard medical care.

What this does do is shine a hard, ugly light on what the pro-choicelogic looks like when taken to the extreme. If a child’s life can be takeninside the womb, why not outside of it, if the abortion failed? If it’s not ahuman being when it’s unborn, why is it wrong to let it suffer and die withoutmedical care once it has been born?

In refusing to consider this bill, the Democratic Party issaying yes to this extreme view. Theyare supporting an unjust legal double standard, and an automatic death sentenceto a viable human being outside of the womb, simply because of thecircumstances of their birth.

This isthe reality of where pro-choice logic takes us.

Perhapsthis ugly truth is enough to push Americans to unite around commonsenseprotections for human life. A recentMarist poll,commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, found that Americans are now equallyas likely to identify as pro-life (47 percent) as pro-choice (47 percent). Forthe past decade, Marist has been polling the public’s attitudes on abortion,and this is reportedly the first time that as many respondents identified aspro-life as pro-choice.

AMarist survey also found that 80 percent of Americans support limiting abortionto the first three months of pregnancy—a 5 percent bump since the last poll amonth before.

AsNelson Mandela once said, “To deny people their human rights is to challengetheir very humanity.” To deny the survivor of an attempted abortion the samelegal protections as any other newborn blatantly does both. And, as always whenwe devalue the humanity in others, we end up diminishing our own humanity inthe process.

This isimportant, because it isn’t just a question for Congress to answer. It is aquestion with deep ramifications for the country we will pass on to future generations,a question we all must answer. And it is a decision that we also willindividually be answerable for—you and me, each one of us, all of us.

It’s upto us. What will that answer be?

The post We’ve Asked for a Vote 18 Times to Ban Infanticide. Democrats Have Blocked Us. appeared first on The Daily Signal.

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