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“Unwanted” babies should receive the same health care as “wanted” babies
Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) urges the United States Senate to reconsider the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act with modified language to provide counseling and information about adoption.
“It was a sad day yesterday when the party of health care for all voted against providing health care to babies who are unwanted,” said Kristen Day, the executive director of Democrats For Life of America. “It was clear that a majority of Democratic senators failed to read the bill’s actual text and relied on the factually challenged abortion lobby’s talking points. We are grateful to Senators Casey, Jones, and Manchin for upholding the values of the Democratic Party and voting yes.”
The proposed legislation would extend the right to health care to babies who survive an abortion attempt. Additionally, it would extend civil remedies to a woman who was “wronged” because the doctor delivered a living baby instead of a dead one. A majority of Democratic senators argued that the bill infringed on a woman’s right to abortion and that the abortion decision should be left between a woman and her doctor.
“Democrats were confused about the bill’s actual text, which clarified that the right to health care should not exclude an “unwanted baby” who survives an abortion attempt,” said Day. “The bill did not mention Roe v. Wade, or abortion regulation, or interfere with a woman’s right to abortion.”
Under the proposed legislation, abortion doctors would be required to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health-care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”
“Medical miracles happen, and babies like Melissa Ohden, Gianna Jessen, and Claire Culwell beat the odds and lived following an abortion attempt,” Day said. They were the lucky ones. Many babies born alive did not receive the same standard of care as we would provide to every other person.”
Democrats For Life of America encourages the Senate to modify the current version to provide more than civil remedies to the woman wronged by the abortion attempt. DFLA encourages Democrats to work with Senator Ben Sasse to add language to provide both counseling and adoption options for the woman so that her baby will have an opportunity to be placed within a loving home.
“We strongly urge Congress to continue to keep this issue in the light, to strengthen it and try again,” said Day. “Abortion doctors have become more proficient about executing the child in the womb, but there are cases of babies surviving. Those who say they believe in health care for all need to mean it.”
STATEMENT OF KRISTEN DAY,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DEMOCRATS FOR LIFE OF AMERICA
It is time for REASON on the abortion issue: Democrats For Life of America urges the U.S. Congress to have an up or down vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act.
We recognize that a yea or nay vote is a political move by Republicans to show how extreme Democrats have become on this issue – but this time they have a point.
With the recent New York law, and with several other states proposing to eliminate all health and safety regulation of the abortion industry, a full, open, and honest debate on whether we as a nation should protect infants who are born alive following an abortion is suddenly vitally important.
We need to look no further than the faces of the 2019 March of Dimes Walk for Babies, which include Juliana McBride, born at 25 weeks into her mom’s pregnancy and weighing one pound and 11 ounces, and brothers Luke and Jake born at 24 weeks into their mom’s pregnancy, for validation of the humanity of tiny pre-term babies. Scores of these toddlers grin at the camera from the March of Dimes website and YouTube – some born as early as 20 weeks.
Since Roe v. Wade, science has shown us life in the womb, and our understanding of fetal development has grown exponentially. And yet, our U.S. policy allowing abortion through nine months puts us in line with only seven other developed nations, including North Korea and China.
Like those who deny climate change, those who deny the humanity of a six-month-old child in the womb have lost their reason. We urge the United States Congress to show reason.
While the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Act vote is a political move to show the extremism of the position of the Democratic Party and the control that the abortion lobby has over the party, the vote is an essential first step to acknowledge the humanity of every innocent child caught in the crossfire of a political war.
We urge all members of Congress to look at the bill on its face and not through a political lens. If they do that, there is no other moral, ethical, or humane way to vote -- and that is yes.
STATEMENT OF KRISTEN DAY,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DEMOCRATS FOR LIFE OF AMERICA
We oppose Governor Cuomo’s new abortion-expansion law, and we are concerned about the health, safety, and welfare of women in New York.
With unlimited public funding and an abortion rate twice the national average, abortion is big business in New York. The governor’s new law will not address the high abortion rate, nor will it help pregnant women who feel pressured or coerced into abortion. The law will help influential and financially flush abortion corporations increase their customer base and profit margin.
The New York budget allows for unlimited funding of abortions through the Medicaid program. According to the New York Department of Health, in 2016, New York tax dollars paid for 40,491 abortions. The average abortion costs $450, which would equal a minimum of $18 million in public funding of abortion and profit to corporations that perform abortions.
Over half – 60 percent – of the women seeking abortions had already had one or more prior abortions, and almost 70 percent of women seeking abortions were minorities. One of every three aborted children was African American, and one of every four was Hispanic. The new law further exploits women, particularly minority populations who are overrepresented in these numbers.
We call on New York legislators – particularly Democrats – to embark on a mission to make New York the state with the lowest abortion rate in the nation. The estimated $18 million that would be spent yearly on abortion could be put, instead, toward programs to prevent pregnancy, including contraception and sex-education, pre-natal and post-natal health care, public housing, affordable child care, and paid maternity leave. Furthermore, we recommend outreach to minority communities to eliminate the perceived racist targeting of minority women and babies.
We must remain true to Democratic Party principles and stop supporting the abortion industry. Instead, we should really start supporting pregnant women. As Democrats, we advocate for progressive solutions to problems facing the weakest in society: the poor, minorities, women, and children – even if they are yet to be born. New York should repeal this anti-women, anti-children law, and no other state should replicate it.
The Reproductive Health Act:
- removes abortion from the penal code, meaning that anyone who performs an abortion will not be held liable if she or he acts in bad faith. Arguably, Kermit Gosnell would have been within the law in New York. It will be legal in New York to “administer or take drugs with the intent to cause a miscarriage.”
- allows non-doctors, including nurse practitioners, midwives, and physician assistants, to perform an abortion. It also gives wide latitude requiring abortion providers only to use “reasonable and good faith professional judgment” to perform an abortion.
- Allows abortion up to nine months if it is “necessary to preserve the mother’s health or if the fetus isn’t viable.” The mother’s health exception has no specific definition, and it is unclear whether it means physical, mental, or emotional health, and how severe the health concerns should be to justify taking the life a viable infant.
- allows abortion even in the case of a viable fetus – meaning that the child could survive without the mother. The baby could be delivered alive instead of killed in the womb.
**The following appeared in The Hill
by Kristen Day
The “whole life” ethic is the heart of the pro-life Democratic message. We advocate a “pro-life for the whole life” position. This means that human life — with inherent dignity — begins in the womb and doesn't end until natural death. It is a consistent position and there are no gray areas.
However, abortion-rights advocates are distorting the “whole life” language, offering excuses for not including life in the womb under the whole-life umbrella.
It is a deliberate attempt to mislead and it cannot be permitted.
The whole-life ethic does not make exceptions for abortion. Being “whole life” means advocating for justice for all — from before birth to natural death and every moment in-between. When it comes to abortion, we acknowledge that there are two lives at stake and we must support both mothers and their children.
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