Ben Sasse: Democrats Went From “Safe, Legal and Rare” to “Keep Newborns Comfortable Before Infanticide”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 30, 2019   |   4:04PM   |   Washington, DC

The condemnation is coming from all corners of the country in response to a comments from Virginia’s Governor today defending infanticide.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam not only has defended a new bill in the state legislature that would legalize abortions up to birth – even if the mother is dilated — he defended infanticide during a radio show today.

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska was one of those who expressed outrage. And in a statement, the pro-life Senator said Democrats have completely shifted their radical abortion position from the days of Bill Clinton.

“This is morally repugnant,” Sasse said. “In just a few years pro-abortion zealots went from ‘safe, legal, and rare’ to ‘keep the newborns comfortable while the doctor debates infanticide.’ I don’t care what party you’re from — if you can’t say that it’s wrong to leave babies to die after birth, get the hell out of public office.”

Sasse is the author of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The bill would amend existing U.S. law to “prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

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“Everybody loves babies and that love has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with just having a heart,” said Sasse. “This legislation is an opportunity for Congress to find consensus built on common sense, compassion, science, and a simple fact: every baby deserves a fighting chance at life. Providing care for newborns is more important than partisan political divides. Every baby has dignity – every baby deserves protection and love.”

Sasse’s bill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, would protect newborns that survive abortions by requiring appropriate care and admission to a hospital.

The legislation requires that, when an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, health care practitioners must exercise the same degree of professional skill and care to protect the newborn as would be offered to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. It also requires that the living child, after appropriate care has been given, be immediately transported and admitted to a hospital. Currently federal law does not adequately protect a born child who survives an abortion.

Last year, the House of Representatives voted to approved he Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on a strong margin. However, with Democrats now controlling the House, the legislation is unlikely to get a hearing or vote. All Republicans voted for final passage, but only six Democrats voted in favor of it.