April 15, 2019
While House Democrats are busy blocking sensible, humane legislation like the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (they have now refused to consider this measure 32 times), they are motivating states like North Carolina to counter their callousness by taking a stand and attempting to protect babies born alive after a failed abortion attempt.
This week, two born-alive protection bills are moving in the North Carolina General Assembly. In the state Senate, SB 359 is set for a floor vote this Monday night, while HB 602 is currently before the House Rules Committee.
These two bills are identical and would require that babies who are born alive after a failed abortion receive the same level of care "as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age," and that these babies be "immediately transported and admitted to a hospital."
It is incredible to think that we have to clarify what should be understood as human decency, but unfortunately, now we do. We not only have to specify this type of decency, but we also need accountability for failing to comply with it. These two pro-life bills would accomplish exactly that; in other words, they have some teeth! As our friends at the North Carolina Family Policy Council explain, "[f]ailure to comply with the provisions above would subject the practitioner to possible criminal and civil penalties. Additionally, these bills would establish a new murder charge for any person who performs or attempts to perform 'an overt act that kills a child born alive.'"
The N.C. Family Policy Council has been diligently working on this issue, and it is encouraging to see headway in the state of North Carolina despite the moral numbness Capitol Hill Democrats show toward protecting such babies. As the group's president John Rustin said, "[w]e applaud the members of N.C. General Assembly who support these critical life saving measures...These bills are not about abortion, but are about recognizing, honoring and caring for the lives of newborn babies who are born alive. Suggesting anything less is barbaric, inhumane and indefensible!"
I agree. At nine months, on the day of a baby's birth, here's what should happen: the baby should be wrapped in a blanket and a warm, tiny hat placed on their head. This is what a newborn should be met with. Not death.
As North Carolina is racing to the finish line to secure protections for these babies, you can remind Nancy Pelosi what every baby deserves on their first day in the world by sending her a baby hat through our "End Birth Day Abortion" campaign. In return, you will receive a certificate that will remind you to pray for born alive babies who are facing the danger of being killed outside the womb, as well as for the U.S. Congress to take decisive action on this issue.
If this bill passes the General Assembly, it will then go to N.C. Governor Roy Cooper (D) and we will see if he will stand for life, or for his party.
So far twenty-nine states currently have some form of born-alive protection.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.