April 17, 2019
"It has happened here." Her words hung there, in the air of a crowded North Carolina Assembly. "I've been a witness," state Rep. Pat McElraft (R) told the quiet crush of people lining the upper galley. She described the horrible moment she saw the tiny bodies stored at a doctor's office. "Nurses told the stories of those babies who were born alive," she remembers. "[They] were taken by the doctor," she pauses, "and turned face down in the saline." Then, looking around the chamber, she says quietly, "Infanticide has happened here." Whether it keeps happening is now up to one man: Democratic Governor Roy Cooper.
Like so many of the abortion debates since New York, it was an intense one. But in the end, it took less than 24 hours for North Carolina to do what the Democrats in Congress will not: step in and stop legal infanticide. Even after flipping an impressive number of state seats blue, Democratic leaders in North Carolina still couldn't overcome the national tide against newborn violence. After a quick 28-19 vote in the Senate Monday night, the House raced to follow suit -- handing pro-lifers a massive victory with a 65-46 vote on Tuesday afternoon -- and sending the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act straight to the governor's desk.
Cooper has 10 days to decide if he stands with the radicals like Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or thousands of innocent babies. While Sanders and company rush to save cats and dogs, they see no sense in rescuing actual human beings, whose only crime is being born. On Monday night, Sanders reiterated the Democrats' extremism, telling a roomful of Pennsylvanians that killing is okay if it doesn't happen often. "I think that that happens very, very rarely," Sanders said. "At the end of the day, the decision over abortion belongs to a woman and her physician, not the federal government, not the state government."
Terrorism doesn't happen every day either. Does that mean we should shutdown Homeland Security? And if it's so rare, then what's the problem? End it. If murder is wrong, then it's wrong every time. The law doesn't suddenly kick when you hit a certain quota. If there's a gunman on the scene, police don't wait for the casualties to pile up before they act. A life is a life. I guarantee if it were Bernie Sanders's child dying on a hospital table and doctors refused to treat him, he wouldn't say, "Well, that's your decision." Rareness doesn't equal rightness.
And the reality is, even our own government admits: infanticide isn't rare. There are literally hundreds of infants being thrown out like garbage every year -- a fact we know thanks to eye witnesses like Jill Stanek. When the CDC says there were 143 cases of babies born alive between 2002-14, they're only basing that number on the reports from six states! The lifeless bodies Pat McElraft saw weren't included -- just like the hundreds of undocumented "snippings" and blows to the head by monsters like Kermit Gosnell and Douglas Karpen.
Still, Cooper and his indifferent party shrug and insist people like Melissa Ohden are all figments of our imagination. It's "unnecessary legislation," his office insisted yesterday, because infanticide "simply does not exist." Instead, the spokesman said, legislators should be concentrating on "expanding access to health care to help children thrive." What does he think life-saving infant treatment is -- if not health care to help children thrive?
If the governor vetoes this bill, as his spokesman seems to suggest he will, then it will take every single Republican and eight Democrats (one in the Senate and seven in the House) to override him. Hopefully, they'll find the courage that Reps. Raymond Smith (D), Garland Pierce (D), Charles Graham (D), and James Gailliard (D) did to stand up to their party and end birth day abortion.
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Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.