Chuck Schumer: Saving Babies From Infanticide is “a Play to the Hard Right Base”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 26, 2020   |   7:43PM   |   Washington, DC

Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer dismissed a bill to protect newborns from infanticide Tuesday as a mere “play to the hard right.”

The New York politician, whose party has a close relationship with the abortion industry, helped to kill the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on Tuesday in the U.S. Senate. The bill failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to overcome Democrats’ filibuster.

Asked about the bill ahead of the vote, Schumer responded: “We — we voted on this before. It was defeated and Senate — and there’s a law in 2002 that is on the books — current law that covers everything [U.S. Sen. Ben] Sasse is talking about. It’s a play to the hard right base. The American people don’t support it,” according to National Review.

Schumer is wrong. Sasse’s legislation is necessary because it adds penalties for those who fail to provide basic medical care to an infant who survives abortion. It also prohibits infanticide by neglect by requiring the same basic medical care be provided to a baby who survives abortion that would be provided to any other baby at the same gestational age.

At least 40 babies were born alive after failed abortions in just three states between 2016 and 2018. According to the state health data, 11 babies were born alive after botched abortions in Minnesota, 10 in Arizona and 19 in Florida.

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Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the personal testimonies of nurses and abortion survivors themselves, also provide evidence that babies survive abortions. According to the CDC, at least 143 babies were born alive after botched abortions between 2003 and 2014 in the U.S., though there likely are more. Research by the American Center for Law and Justice estimated the number is much higher, at least 362 between 2001 and 2010.

Medical workers and abortion survivors themselves also have testified about the necessity of such legislation.

What’s more, Americans strongly support it. A 2019 YouGov poll found about 82 percent of Americans support such protections.

It is really Democrats like Schumer who are playing to their hard left base by voting against pro-life legislation. Poll after poll has shown strong public support for protections for unborn babies, especially after viability. But Democrat leaders vote more loyally to the billion-dollar abortion industry (which donates tens of millions of dollars to their political campaigns) than to the interests of their own constituents.