Democrats Vote for Bill to Stop Abuse of Pets, But Block Bill to Stop Infanticide of Babies

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 8, 2019   |   11:57PM   |   Washington, DC

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to prevent animal cruelty by increasing the penalties for those convicted of abusing animals.

Meanwhile, unborn human babies with fingers, toes and beating hearts can still be torn limb from limb inside their mothers’ wombs in dismemberment abortions, and newborns who survive abortions can be left to die without basic medical treatment.

The two issues present the hypocrisy of pro-abortion Democrat lawmakers who are eager to protect animals from abuse but are unwilling to provide even modest protections for babies from abortion.

ABC News reports the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature this week after the U.S. House passed the bill in October.

Here’s more from the report:

The bill is an expansion on the 2010 Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which made the creation and distribution of “animal crushing” videos illegal. The underlying acts, which were not included in the 2010 bill, are part of the PACT Act.

It would make it a federal crime for “any person to intentionally engage in animal crushing if the animals or animal crushing is in, substantially affects, or uses a means or facility of, interstate or foreign commerce,” according to a fact sheet of the bill.

Protecting animals from abuse is an important cause, but the Democrats in Congress have no similar sympathy for the hundreds of thousands of babies who are slaughtered every year in abortions. Even newborns no longer attract their compassion.

Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats continue to refuse a request to allow a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would stop infanticide and provide medical care for babies who survive abortions.

Data from state health departments indicates that babies do survive abortions every year in America, though it is not clear just how many because most states do not track the data. In 2018 alone, Minnesota reported three babies survived abortions.

But House Democrats refused to vote 80 times on a bill to protect these vulnerable infants, despite Republican leaders’ repeated pleas.

SIGN THE PETITION: Stop Infanticide! Stop Abortions Up to Birth!

Earlier this year, Democrats supported funding infanticide as well. Ranking Member Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, offered an amendment to withhold funds to any medical entity that does not ensure that any infant born alive following an abortion receives the same medical care as any other infant born at the same gestational age. Every Republican voted for the pro-life amendment while every Democrat on the committee, except Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar, voted for infanticide.

In April, Republican Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Ann Wagner introduced a discharge petition to force Pelosi to schedule a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Any member of Congress may sign the petition to allow legislation to move out of committee and to the House floor when the party controlling Congress refuses to allow a vote on it.

So far, 201 members have signed on, including three Democrats — short of the majority necessary to get the bill to the floor for a vote.

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.

H.R. 962, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act ensures that a baby born alive after a failed or attempted abortion receives the same medical care as any other newborn. It also penalizes doctors who allow infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn following a failed abortion.

Every single Democrat in the Senate who is running for president voted against the bill. That includes Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar.

In contrast, President Donald Trump spoke out against infanticide multiple times, saying that it’s nothing short of “executing” babies to let them die after failed abortions.

ACTION: Contact members of Congress and urge them to sign the discharge petition to bring the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the House floor for a vote.