Babies all across the country are surviving abortions, but Americans may never know exactly how many.
New data from five state health departments shows that 108 babies were born alive in botched abortions in the past 12 years, The Christian Post reports. The data comes from Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota and Texas.
“Babies born alive after botched abortions illuminates the humanity of every preborn child — a humanity that is present at the moment of conception,” Live Action director of external affairs Allison Centofante told the news outlet. “Beating hearts, pumping lungs, tiny fingers and toes. Hearing stories of babies born alive after botched abortions should wake people from their slumber of apathy.”
In late December, the matter received renewed attention after the Texas Health and Human Services released its 2019 abortion report. According to the report, six babies were born alive in botched abortions that year.
The Texas report did not provide any details about the babies who were born alive. It is not clear if any were old enough to be viable outside the womb, if any survived or if any received appropriate medical care.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said his office is investigating.
Other state health departments reported similar numbers in recent years. Between 2016 and 2018, three states reported 40 babies were born alive after botched abortions. According to the state health data, 11 babies were born alive in Minnesota, 10 in Arizona and 19 in Florida.
In Michigan, state health reports from 2008 through 2013 indicate that 11 babies were born alive during abortions.
These numbers suggest that hundreds of babies have been born alive in abortions across the U.S. However, most states do not keep track of the numbers.
For the past several years, Republicans in Congress have been trying to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would increase protections for babies who survive abortions. The bill would require that the same basic medical care be provided to babies who survive abortions as would be provided to any other baby born at the same gestational age. It also would impose penalties on medical workers who neglect to provide that care. However, Democrat leaders blocked the legislation dozens of times.
Centofante told the Post that better legislation is needed because the 2002 Federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act does not go far enough.
“… it simply acknowledges that all newborns, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, are to be recognized as persons from the moment of their birth if they show any sign of life. It does not provide specific duties for an abortion doctor to follow or penalties if they are not followed,” she said.
Reports from other countries prove that babies survive abortions, too, and legal protections for them are needed. In Canada, the Canadian Institute of Health Information recorded 766 late-term, live-birth abortions over a five-year period in 2018. And in Australia, the country’s health minister admitted that 27 babies survived abortions in the state of Western Australia between 1999 and 2016. A report out of Ireland in the fall also suggests babies are surviving abortions and being left to die there.
National polling shows Americans — including people who are “pro-choice” on abortion — oppose abortions up to birth and infanticide. Doctors say abortions are never needed to protect a woman’s health, and some women admit to having late-term abortions for purely elective reasons.