Oregon Democrats Defeat Bill to Stop Infanticide, Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 10, 2021   |   6:36PM   |   Salem, Oregon

Democrats in the Oregon state Senate today voted down a bill to stop infanticide and provide appropriate medical care and treatment for babies who are born alive during a botched abortion.

A majority of the Oregon Senate voted down SB 586, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. The vote was 18-11 in opposition to a bill that would have required medical care to be given to a baby who survives a failed abortion procedure.

A poll conducted by Oregon Right to Life shows 78% of Oregonians support this legislation.

“Sadly, it’s no surprise that abortion extremism continues to be rampant in the Oregon Senate,” said Lois Anderson, ORTL executive director. “Instead of passing legislation supported by the majority of Oregon voters,  the Democrats continue to follow the marching orders of the abortion lobby,” said Lois Anderson, Executive Director of Oregon Right to Life.

Anderson continued, “We are so thankful for the eleven senators who voted to protect these vulnerable babies. Babies who survive abortions deserve equal protection under the law.”

Babies do survive abortions, though no one is sure exactly how many. In America, most states do not keep track of abortion survivors, but a few do.

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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. Texas reported six babies were born alive in botched abortions in 2019. In Michigan, state health reports from 2008 through 2013 indicate that 11 babies were born alive after abortions.

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 reported 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.

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.

National polling shows Americans — including people who are “pro-choice” on abortion — oppose abortions up to birth and infanticide.

A recent report by Tessa Longbons, a research associate at Charlotte Lozier Institute, SBA List’s research arm, shows that protections for babies who survive abortions are inconsistent across the United States, with fewer than half of states maintaining sufficient protections.