New Bill Would Require Reports on Babies Born Alive After Abortions and Left to Die

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 4, 2019   |   6:49PM   |   Washington, DC

New Congressional legislation would require states to disclose the number of babies born after failed abortions, and on those who did not receive appropriate medical care and treatment.

Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) have sponsored the Ensuring Accurate and Complete Abortion Data Reporting Act of 2019. With abortion activits denying that babies survive abortions and falsely claiming infanticides ever occur afterwards, the report would provide a more accurate picture about what happens.

“Only a few states report cases where babies are born alive during abortions,” Cotton said in a tweet. “We know about dozens of cases already. How many don’t we know about?”

Cotton told National Review that the data is “life or death.”

“The American people deserve to know how many babies are born alive during abortion attempts in our country,” Cotton said. “This is life-or-death information, yet most states don’t collect it. Our bill would require states to report accurate and complete data about abortion, including instances where babies are born alive during abortions.”

Ernst said the data is important to provide people the truth.

“America’s main source of abortion data comes from a biased think-tank that only collects information on a voluntary basis,” she said. “That’s unacceptable. Why wouldn’t we want the most reliable and complete data possible surrounding such an important issue?”

“Requiring comprehensive reporting from every state,” she continued, “will finally give Americans — regardless of your stance on the issue — an accurate look at abortion trends in our country.”

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) co-sponsored a companion bill in the House and says Americans need to know what is happening to these babies.

“In fact, we don’t even have reliable information on the number of abortions performed, because states are not compelled to provide those numbers,” he explained. “This bill would rectify that. Congress needs this information in order to make sound policy decisions. Equally as important, the American people deserve to know.”

Not a single Democrat has co-sponsored the bill.

The information is sorely needed.

Data reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show the incidence of born-alive abortion survivors who are killed in the U.S. According to Congressional testimony:

Data that the CDC collects also confirms babies are born alive after attempted abortions.  Between the years 2003 and 2014 there were somewhere between 376 and 588 infant deaths under the medical code P96.4 which keeps track of babies born alive after a “termination of pregnancy.”

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The CDC concluded that, of the 588 babies, 143 were “definitively” born alive after an attempted abortion and they lived from minutes to one or more days, with 48% of the babies living between one to four hours.  It also admitted that it’s possible the number is an underestimate.

We know it is an underestimate because these are just reported numbers from hospitals, not abortion facilities.  Gosnell is only one abortionist who was responsible for “hundreds of snippings” of born-alive babies, yet he did not report even one.  His numbers alone exceed the “definitive” numbers of the CDC.

Moreover, a total of 19 states do not require any protection for babies born alive after botched abortions.