As LifeNews reported yesterday, Democrat Senator Patty Murray blocked a vote on a bill from pro-life Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska that would stop infanticide nationwide. The legislation would prohibit leaving babies to die without medical care if they are born alive after a failed abortion.
In brief comments on the Senate floor, Murray, a Washington state senator, objected to the bill and claimed that the legislation is not necessary because there are already laws prohibiting infanticide. She left the chamber immediately after objecting.
“We have laws against infanticide in this country,” Murray said. “This is a gross misinterpretation of the actual language of the bill that is being asked to be considered and therefore, I object.”
But that’s not true at all.
“To the Senator from Washington, the bill that we are talking about before this body tonight, is because New York and Virginia – New York already, and Virginia in debate – are having a conversation about removing exactly these protections,” Sasse said. “This debate is about infanticide and infanticide only and this is a sad day for this body.”
As Murray knows, the state of New York just overturned it’s legal protections from babies who are born alive after an abortion or purposely induced and allowed to die because they are severely disabled.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that legalizes abortions up to birth. While that was the main focus of the legislation, the new law also revokes medical care for babies who are born alive after botched abortions.
While Congress and legislatures in other states have tried to passed laws called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which require doctors to provide appropriate medical care and treatment for babies who are born alive after a failed abortion, the state of New York is moving the other direction. New York now essentially allows infanticide.
The law Gov. Cuomo signed repealed section 4164 of NY’s Public Health Law, which mandated medical care for any baby born alive during an abortion.
“When an abortion is to be performed after the twentieth week of pregnancy, a physician other than the physician performing the abortion shall be in attendance to take control of and to provide immediate medical care for any live birth that is the result of the abortion,” the law reads.
Does this mean that babies will just be left to die in new York at abortion clinics if they somehow survive the abortion procedure? As Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, tells LifeNews, the answer is yes.
“This law guarantees it, sweeping away a large chunk of the penal codes that protected abortion survivors. Thanks to this Act, Kermit Gosnell, and his bloodstained, cat-infested, third-world excuse for a clinic, would be untouchable,” he said. “The Resurgent’s Stacey Lennox puts that into its gruesome context. “For those of you who saw the movie [Gosnell], Baby B would not be considered a victim.”
““Person,” as far as this law is concerned, means a human being who has been born and is alive. Not a second before, and maybe — without infant protections — not few seconds after either,” he continued.
So Murray and Senate Democrats just supported legal infanticide.