By Jonathon Van Maren
As the Democratic primary season hits full swing, the candidates have settled on the schizophrenic strategy of shouting their support for abortion into every microphone that they come across while also attempting to dodge questions on late-term abortion and the raft of extreme legislation passed by their state-level colleagues since the beginning of this year. The media, of course, is largely obliging them by declining to actually ask them about extreme abortion-until-birth laws and the Democratic refusal to vote for legislation protecting survivors of abortion.
The few Democrats who have been cornered have simply taken to lying, insisting that late-term abortions only happen in cases where there is a threat to the mother’s health (not true) and either denying that abortion survivors exist or attempting to desperately ignore their existence—despite the fact that abortion survivors have literally testified in their presence. That, and there is consistent evidence that babies are, in fact, born alive and left to die in abortion clinics and hospitals. While there have been hundreds of tragic stories over the years, here is the most recent evidence, courtesy of the Family Research Council:
Think babies aren’t being born alive after surviving an abortion attempt? Think again. From January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, three babies in Minnesota survived abortions but later died, according to a new Minnesota state Department of Health report.
Since 2015, Minnesota has been keeping track of abortion survivors since the states’ passage of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. The law recognizes infants who survive abortions as human persons and requires that they be provided with reasonable medical care. The law also requires information to be collected on the medical actions taken to preserve the life of the infant, whether the infant survived, and the status of a surviving infant.
Since the law went into effect, Minnesota has reported 11 babies surviving abortions:
Laws to require the collection of data on born-alive victims should be encouraged in all states. There are only six states that require reporting on babies born alive during abortion procedures: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Texas. As of 2017, only Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, and Oklahoma have reported this information.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control report at least 143 babies were born alive after botched abortions between 2003 and 2014 in the U.S. The CDC took this data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) Mortality Data in regard to infant deaths. These numbers are different from the number collected by the states that report born-alive infants.
As a response to the lack of reporting on abortion and abortion survivors, U.S. Representatives Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) and Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) recently introduced The Ensuring Accurate and Complete Abortion Data Reporting Act of 2019 (H.R. 3580). This bill would require all states to submit abortion data, including the number of children who survive abortions, in order to receive Medicaid funds for family planning services.
The CDC already requests abortion reporting from states. However, the reporting of this information is voluntary, which allows states to leave out certain statistics or opt out altogether. Because there are only six states that require reporting on children who survive abortions, it is vital that the U.S. Congress passes this bill so that the American people know how many innocent lives are lost because of the failure to provide life-saving care to the most vulnerable.
Efforts to protect infants who survive abortion has not been limited to gathering a few data points, as Members of Congress continue to fight for a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) which would require life-saving medical care for children born alive after abortion attempts. So far, Republicans have asked for unanimous consent to vote on this bill 67 times, and every single time Democrat leaders have said no.
Every single Democratic presidential candidate and congressional leader has refused to explicitly condemn infanticide when they have been given every opportunity to do so. That is a simple matter of fact that the media and the Democratic Party would like to avoid, while attempting to don the mantle of the defender of children’s rights.
Don’t let them get away with it.
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