“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 OhdenGianna 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.”


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