Why Democratic candidate Cory Booker is wrong about late-term abortion

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During a town hall in Iowa on Thursday, April 11, pro-abortion Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker (NJ) made inaccurate comments about both abortion survivors and late-term abortion.

Booker discussed a “recent bill that caused a lot of controversy” saying that people ask him if he voted “against this thing that allows us to kill babies when they’re born.” He told the crowd that it’s already “a crime, that cannot happen under any law.”

Based on this statement it is fair to assume Booker is speaking about the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which he has helped to block countless times. While an earlier act signed by President George W. Bush — the Born Alive Infants Protection Act — stated that children born alive during abortion should be considered persons under the law, the law has no “teeth”, i.e., no penalties for abortionists who allow those children to die without medical care. The bill isn’t just about preventing the homicides of newborn abortion survivors; it is also meant to protect children from a lack of medical care if they survive an abortion.

Booker says the bill was introduced simply “to try to further create schisms and differences between us.” The truth is, Booker is doing that all on his own with his deep commitment to abortion-on-demand, which is not what Americans want. That commitment is blinding him to the fact that abortion survivors are left to die or are actively killed in this country and there are bodies and witnesses to prove it.



For years, abortionist Kermit Gosnell snipped the necks of the viable babies who survived abortions in his “House of Horrors” abortion facility. No one did anything about it, not even the inspector who failed to actually inspect the clinic. It was a potential drug bust that finally led the police to the facility to discover the horrible conditions and the babies in jars. Gosnell was eventually convicted of killing newborn abortion survivors, but he’s not the only one who has done it.

READ: Why women have late-term abortions, according to the abortion industry

In 2013, employees of abortionist Douglas Karpen accused him of slicing and twisting the necks of babies born alive after attempted abortions. Plus, undercover reporting by Live Action has revealed that abortion facilities in various locations — including Washington, D.C. — are willing to allow these newborns to die, even telling potential patients that if the baby is accidentally born alive during an abortion “we would not help it.”



Booker went on to defend late-term abortions, using the typical line that they don’t happen often (as if that changes the brutal fact that it does happen). “It happens,” he claims, “when a woman’s life is threatened and the viability of the fetus is well compromised.” Booker, unsurprisingly, is wrong.

In reality, women don’t need to have their children intentionally poisoned or dismembered in the womb to save their lives. And when the pregnancy is beyond the 20th week, not only is abortion unnecessary, it’s dangerous. If a woman’s life or health is ever truly at risk, doctors would perform a C-section that would take minutes, and both mother and child would receive lifesaving medical treatment. If the doctor were to commit a three-day abortion procedure, the baby would be killed and the mother’s life would be put in even more danger by a risky, days-long procedure.


And while it’s true that abortionists push discriminatory abortions on parents of preborn children facing a prenatal diagnosis, the whole truth is that most late-term abortions are elective. As previously reported by Live Action News, even Booker’s friends in the abortion industry admit that late-term abortions happen for mostly elective reasons:

A 1988 Guttmacher study noted that only 2% of women seek late-term abortions because of a fetal abnormality. Pro-abortion researcher Diana Greene Foster has stated, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service, that abortions for fetal abnormalities “make up a small minority of later abortion.” Foster’s 2013 study published by the Guttmacher Institute states, “data suggest that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”

In addition, a 2010 paper from Julia Steinberg with the pro-abortion Bixby Center for Global Health states, “Research suggests that the overwhelming majority of women having later abortions do so for reasons other than fetal anomaly (Drey et al., 2006; Finer et al., 2005, 2006; Foster et al., 2008).”

Booker is misleading his supporters on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and on late-term abortion as well. But what Booker might want to take note of is the fact that 61% of Democrats want abortion survivors to be protected by law. In addition, a recent Marist Poll found that 75 percent of Americans want abortion limited to the first three months of pregnancy or earlier – including 60 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of those who identify as pro-choice. In other words, many of Booker’s potential voters might disagree with him on abortion.

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