There are a lot of things in life to get exasperated about. The rude guy who cuts in front of you on the highway, a person who is loudly talking on the phone at a restaurant, or people who chew with their mouth open.
But Democrat congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is exasperated about the fact that Republicans continue to push for a vote on a bill to stop infanticide.
As LifeNews has reported, Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, have blocked a bill to protect babies who are born alive after abortions and provide them with appropriate medical Ccre and treatment a total of 28 times. Earlier this week, Republicans led an effort to to get petition signatures for a discharge petition to bring the bill to the floor.
Politico is providing cover for Democrats desperately trying to avoid a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which Republicans are trying to bring to a floor vote via a discharge petition. Melanie Zanona writes, “House Republicans on Tuesday launched a long-shot bid to force a vote on anti-abortion legislation — an issue they plan to hammer vulnerable Democrats on even if they can’t secure action on the floor.”
She reports a statement from Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) regarding the discharge petition: “Oh, my g-d. They just will not quit. . . I think politically, it’s a really bad move for them, and substantively, it’s a disaster.”
The desperation of this statement is almost palpable. Pushing the issue is anything but a bad move for Republicans.
The federalist author puts things into perspective for Schakowsky:
What this bill says is during an attempted abortion, and the baby is actually born alive, should the doctor actually save it? Now the next question you might ask is, why are we doing this? Is this a question that actually needs answering? Well no actually, because of policies proposed in Virginia and New York and Vermont, we feel that we actually have to put this into law. We actually have to put into law that a baby born with ten fingers and ten toes and a heartbeat, a baby that is breathing, deserves to live because it has value, because it is a human life.
While this bill does not directly threaten the legality of abortion whatsoever, the misinformation should still be addressed, because the truth leads to startlingly ugly conclusion about the motivations of Democrats in opposing the bill—and those do have to do with abortion.
The optics are actually bad for Democrats.
The blocking of a vote on a bill to stop infanticide comes even as national polling shows Americans — including people who are “pro-choice” on abortion — oppose abortion up to birth and infanticide. Vast majorities of Americans reject abortion the day before a child is born (80%), abortion in the third trimester (79%), and removing medical care for a viable child after birth (82%).
If Schakowsky, Pelosi and Democrats think the best political move is to stand with the 18 percent of Americans who think denying newborn infants medical care is a good thing, Republicans and pro-life advocates won’t stand in her way.