According to the Centers for Disease Control, babies do survive botched abortions, despite claims to the contrary. Because of this, more and more states are moving to require that abortion survivors are given proper medical care. The latest is Kentucky, where such a bill has just passed a state Senate panel.
Senate Bill 9 has passed the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee, and is now on its way to the full state Senate. Sen. Whitney Westerfield said that though he doesn’t know of any instances of abortion survivors in Kentucky, he wanted to make sure it never happened.
“Who can dispute that that’s a human life?” Westerfield said to reporters after the committee vote. “It’s outside the womb. It’s alive. Who would advocate for it to be killed? We want to make sure the law’s there to punish those that are trying to do it and get away with it.”
Any abortionist or health care worker would be required to give “medically appropriate and reasonable life-saving and life-sustaining medical care and treatment” to abortion survivors, and refusing to do so would be a felony punishable by one to five years in prison, according to the bill.
Unsurprisingly, the ACLU has already come out against the bill, claiming that it equals nothing more than “myths and lies” about abortion. “Senate Bill 9 has nothing to do with how abortion care actually works and is based on false claims,” Kate Miller, advocacy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, said in a letter sent to state lawmakers, adding that the bill would “criminalize the work that dedicated doctors do to provide this safe, legal, constitutionally-protected care.”
It’s not unusual for abortion advocates to deny that abortion survivors need extra protection with many claiming that adequate protection already exists. But this is false. Most often, they point to the 2002 Born Alive Infant Protection Act as proof, which did state that abortion survivors are persons with full citizenship and are entitled to full protection under the law. Yet it was still inadequate because it contained no penalties for breaking the law. And while the Act does claim that abortion survivors are legal “persons,” it doesn’t mandate any kind of medical care whatsoever.
And sadly, despite the ACLU’s claims, babies do survive abortion. As previously mentioned, the CDC reported at least 143 children were born alive after an attempted abortion between 2003 and 2014. The CDC likewise acknowledged that the complete number was likely even higher. Babies continue to be born alive today — and expecting abortionists to be trusted to provide medical care to children while being paid to kill them makes little sense. Listen to what some said when exposed in a Live Action undercover investigation:
As Live Action’s Inhuman investigation found, abortionists have no incentive to make sure that an abortion survivor receives proper medical care. Some have even expressed ways to speed up the process of death. The worst example was a staffer at Emily’s Women’s Center in the Bronx, who said an abortion survivor would be placed in a fatal “solution.”
“The solution will make it stop,” the staffer said. “It’s not going to be moving around in the jar … that’s the whole purpose of the solution. It’ll automatically stop. It won’t be able to… not with the solution…. It won’t be able to breathe anymore.”
What the staffer is speaking of here is exactly what it sounds like: drowning an infant.
It’s not pleasant to imagine a baby surviving an abortion, but neither is it pleasant to imagine a baby undergoing an abortion. Attempting to save an abortion survivor’s life is worthwhile, because that child is a human being with an intrinsic right to life.
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