It appears Virginia Senator Tim Kaine may oppose a bill to stop infanticide. If he does that that would put him in concert with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who infamously defended infanticide on a radio show.
The Senate is planning to vote on Monday on a bill sponsored by Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse that would stop infanticide. The legislation would require doctors to provide appropriate medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions. But as National Review reports, Senator Kaine appears as if he will oppose the legislation.
Though Kaine has yet to issue a statement on how he plans to vote, he recently responded to constituent inquiries about his stance on the bill with a letter, a copy of which was obtained by National Review. The text doesn’t say explicitly whether he’ll vote against Sasse’s bill next week, but the implication seems to be that he intends to oppose it.
“This bill would establish new requirements for health care practitioners in the case of a fetus who survives an abortion,” Kaine writes. It’s an intriguing turn of phrase: A fetus, after all, is what the Left has chosen to call unborn children in an effort to dehumanize them. If a fetus survives an abortion, presumably it is no longer a fetus but a newborn infant.
The rest of the letter is similarly slippery. “I support the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions,” Kaine goes on. “For that reason, I oppose efforts to weaken the basic holding of Roe v. Wade . . . [and oppose] restricting and criminalizing women’s reproductive decisions.”
That’s the kind of language Planned Parenthood used in a letter officially opposing the anti-infanticide bill, where the abortion company now considers infanticide on par with abortions and opposing any legislative efforts to stop it for the same reasons it opposes abortion –it wants no limits on so-called “reproductive health.”
Planned Parenthood says the bill “injects politicians into the patient-provider relationship, disregarding providers’ training and clinical judgment and undermining their ability to determine the best course of action with their patients.” And later: “Every woman needs to be able to make the decision that is best for her and her family.”
As LifeNews reported, pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray blocked a vote on a bill from pro-life Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska that would stop infanticide nationwide. And in the House, Democrats have blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a bill that would stop infanticide a total of five times.
Earlier this month. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse had wanted to vote on a bill to protect babies born alive after failed abortions.
The Senate vote would have come days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law new legislation that allows abortions up to birth and after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam backed infanticide during a radio interview — saying that he’s perfectly content if doctors and parents discuss letting disabled babies die after birth.
Sasse asked of the Senate for unanimous consent to vote on legislation that would offer them appropriate Medical Care and treatment.
However, speaking on behalf of pro-abortion Senate Democrats, pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington State, stood up and objected to the vote. She claimed the vote wasn’t necessary and objected to the vote.
Senator Ben Sasse, the Nebraska Republican who is the sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, told Lifenews he appreciates the upcoming vote.
“I want to thank the Majority Leader for scheduling this vote so that every American can know where their Senator stands on the issue of infanticide. A lot of Senators spend a lot of time telling people how they fight for the little guy. Well, here’s the chance for them to prove it. We’re going to have a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and everyone is going to have to put their name by their vote. It’s cowardly for a politician to say they’ll fight for the little guy but only if the little guy isn’t an actual seven-pound baby who’s fighting for life. It shouldn’t be hard to protect newborn babies – let’s pass this legislation.”
Leading pro-life groups were delighted by the news.
“Pro-abortion Democrats who vote against this bill should be forced to explain why they are against giving a born-alive infant life-saving care,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., legislative director of National Right to Life. “Pro-abortion Democrats should be forced to explain why their allegiance to the abortion industry agenda should allow a practice that is tantamount to infanticide.”
“The extreme pro-abortion agenda has been laid bare for all to see, thanks to the governors of New York and Virginia: they believe it should be legal to kill pain-capable unborn babies, for absolutely any reason, at any time up to and including the moment of their birth, and even in the moments after they are born,” Popik added. “We thank Sen. Sasse for his tireless effort to advance this critical legislation, and we thank Sen. McConnell for his leadership in bringing this issue before the Senate.”
The blocking of a vote on a bill to stop infanticide come even as national polling shows Americans — including people who are “pro-choice” on abortion — oppose abortion up to birth and infanticide. And doctors indicate abortions are never needed to protect a woman’s health and women admit having abortions on healthy babies.
After she blocked the initial vote, EWTN reporter Jason Calvi caught up with Senator Murray and asked her why she blocked the Senate bill to provide medical care for babies who are born alive. She said that is between a woman and her doctor.
Murray continued her false claims that the bill somehow has to do with abortion. All the bill does is ensure that babies who are purposely induced or survive abortions are provided appropriate medical care and treatment. She was unpersuaded by that information.