In a show of either outright delusion or of sheer ignorance, writer Annalisa Merelli claimed that the anti-infanticide bill the United States Senate failed to pass was unnecessary because, in her words, “There is no such thing as an ‘abortion survivor.’”
This is patently false. Abortionists’ own words demonstrate that babies are sometimes born alive during attempted abortions. And these instances are not as rare as people might think. Former labor and delivery nurse Jill Stanek exposed the horrific practice of “live birth abortion,” which is the practice of leaving an infant without medical care to die after she is born alive, sometimes lingering for hours.
Merelli insists, “An abortion is performed with the intention of ending a pregnancy, so there are no survivors.” Birth is the end of a pregnancy; abortion is the killing of a preborn child in the womb. If the abortionist fails to kill the child before removing the baby’s body from her mother, a living baby is born.
While every successful abortion results in a dead baby, not every one that is attempted does.
Even Merelli has to acknowledge this stating that in a late-term abortion, which is not as rare as she suggests, “it can lead to the fetus leaving the body alive, albeit in a terminal state.” If Merelli is claiming that babies born alive from botched abortions would have died anyway due to fetal abnormalities, this, too, is false. Most women who have later abortions do so for reasons other than fetal abnormalities. However, depending on how barbarically you define “terminal,” Merelli could be partially correct: If a helpless infant is left without assistance, she will die. This is by no means the conventional understanding of terminal. Not every child who survives an attempted abortion will die if given appropriate medical care.
Examples of abortion survivors grown to adulthood and now advocating for other survivors show that some babies do, in fact, fully survive attempted abortions. While their stories are dismissed as “fairy tales” by pro-abortion politicians, their lives should cause all abortion supporters to question what happens to the babies born in a procedure that was supposed to kill them before birth.
As previously reported by Live Action News, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), stated that “if an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.”
The legislation, including penalties for abortionists who fail to provide stipulated care for infants born alive during attempted abortions, is necessary because currently there is no penalty for abortionists who leave babies exposed to die.
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