The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act has failed to pass in the U.S senate on Monday. This bill condemned and assured prison time to doctors who were not willing to save the lives of infants after a botched abortion.
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates voted ‘Nay’ for the passing of the bill. These candidates include Kamala Harris (CA.), Bernie Sanders (VT.), Kirsten Gillibrand(NY.), Amy Klobuchar(MN.), Cory Booker(NJ.) and Elizabeth Warren(MA.) . The end vote was 53-44, only seven votes away from the 60 needed to pass the bill.
There were three Democrats who joined the Republican party to support the bill: Bob Casey(PA.), Doug Jone(AL.) and Joe Manchin(WV.) . unfortunately, three members of the Republican party were unable to vote because of flight delays. These members include Tim Scott(SC.), Kevin Cramer(ND.) and Lisa Murkowski(AK.).
The Born-Alive Abortion Act states that it would prohibit “A health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.” The act would have also assured that if the infant was to be alive after an attempted abortion, it would have identified as a legal person for all purposes under the law of the United States. The infant would immediately be entitled to all protections under our laws. The bill was set up to not persecute the mother who was involved in the abortion but to ensure that the infant receives immediate medical care. The safety and life of the infant is its primary focus.
In response to the opposition towards from the Democratic Party, President Trump tweeted on Monday that “this will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in history of Congress.”
Trump states,”Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children,” Trump stated. “The Democrats position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth”. Senator Ben Sasse, who pushed the Born-Alive Abortion Act in 2017 was in utter shock and in disbelief at each vote that opposed the bill. He says that opponents lied continuously with blatant nonsense about the legislation stating, the bill will specifically end abortion entirely:
“This is about the most simple thing you can say, which is that a baby is a baby, and they have dignity and worth”, Ben Sasse stated. “And it’s not because they are powerful. It’s because they’re babies. Today is a sad day in the United States Senate.”
This issue goes beyond politics. This is about ethics; having values and morals that the Democrats lack. This is about having a heart. Having compassion for the lives of innocent human beings who have yet to have a voice. Infants depend on us to be the voice for them defend them by saving their lives,but we the people, Congress have failed them. We need to continue fighting for the lives of the voiceless. Their lives and future depend on us; literally.
Written by Jazmin Minier