Ohio Committee Passes Bill to Stop Infanticide and Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortions

State   Steven Ertelt   Nov 5, 2019   |   2:38PM    Columbus, Ohio

Ohio is one of 19 states in the U.S. that does not require any protection for babies born alive after botched abortions. Some of the states never passed laws prohibiting infanticide for babies who survive abortions, while at least one other, New York, recently repealed its law requiring basic medical care for abortion survivors.

Legislators in Ohio want to ensure their state is no longer on that list.

Today, the Ohio Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee passed Senate Bill 155, the Abortion Pill Reversal Act and Senate Bill 208 , the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act by a vote of 8-4 and 9-3 respectively.

Stephanie Ranade Krider, Vice President of Ohio Right to Life talked with LifeNews about both pieces of legislation.

She said “the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which would require doctors to provide life saving care to babies who are born alive after failed abortions, is a life-saving, much needed piece of legislation. We hope these Will be voted on by the full senate soon.”

Right now, pro-abortion Democrats in Congress are blocking bills in the U.S. House and Senate to protect newborns from infanticide. The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require that babies born alive after failed abortions receive the same basic medical treatment as any other baby born at that gestational age.

That makes it more important for states to pass their own anti-infanticide laws.

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New attention was drawn to the plight of abortion survivors when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said only a woman and her doctor should be allowed to decide whether the infant receives medical care. He also defended a bill in the Virginia legislature that would have legalized abortions up to birth – even if there are no risks to a woman’s physical health. The bill later was defeated in committee.

Later Northam doubled down on his support for infanticide via a spokesman, who essentially said the governor was talking about cases with disabled babies. Then the governor said he had no apologies for promoting infanticide.

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.

Krider said the abortion pill reversal bill is important to help women know they can change their mind about the abortion event after the process has begun.

“Women who have taken the first chemical abortion pill deserve to know that Abortion Pill Reversal is an option to save the life of their unborn child, and the Abortion Pill Reversal Act helps makes that potentially life-saving option more accessible,” she said.