What kind of a person would refuse to help a newborn baby who is struggling for life?
It’s a question many are asking as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrat leaders block legislation that would add vital protections to help newborns who survive abortions.
“It’s shameful that Nancy Pelosi will not even bring this critical legislation up for a vote,” U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, said in a statement Wednesday. “I will never understand how any human would not support caring for a tiny, living baby that survives an attempted abortion.”
Yellowhammer News reports Rogers and the five other Republican representatives from Alabama all support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
The legislation would protect newborn babies who survive abortions from infanticide by requiring that they be provided with the same medical care as any other baby born at the same gestational age. It also creates penalties for doctors who allow an infant to die or who intentionally kill a newborn following a failed abortion.
House Republicans have been trying to pass the legislation, but Pelosi and Democrat leaders have blocked it almost 80 times. Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Florida, filed a discharge petition to force a vote on the bill in the U.S. House.
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Rogers said those opposed to the bill are supporting infanticide.
“Anyone who is okay with not helping these babies is simply supporting infanticide,” he said. “As a father of three children and a Christian, this legislation is so important to me. I will always stand up for the rights of the most innocent among us.”
Babies do survive abortions, but the U.S. does not keep good track of the number who do or the care that they receive.
Data from state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control indicate that dozens of babies have been born alive after abortions in recent years.
Between 2016 and 2018, 40 babies were born alive after abortions in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida alone, according to state health data. Texas reported six babies were born alive after abortions in 2019. In Michigan, state health reports from 2008 through 2013 indicate that 11 babies were born alive after abortions.
According to the CDC, at least 143 babies were born alive after failed abortions between 2003 and 2014 in the U.S. However, the data is limited. Most states do not keep track of abortion survivors, so the numbers likely are much higher.
Nurses have testified about babies surviving abortions and then being abandoned to die in hospitals.