On the same day that hundreds of thousands will march in Washington D.C. to protest abortion, the House passed a major, life-saving bill. In what is a major pro-life, the House bill will protect babies born alive during botched abortions.
"The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712) aims to protect babies who have managed to survive an abortion and are born alive in an abortion center," explained Life Site.
The bill requires any baby who survives an abortion to receive the same level of care as any other baby of a similar age. The way in which the baby was delivered no longer matters.
The bill also states that living babies must be transported to a hospital for care—their care cannot be left up to the abortionist. Most importantly, the bill establishes penalties if health professionals do not provide this level of care. The mother is also given the right to sue if her living baby is killed by intent or neglect.
The votes on the bill were 241-183. Three Republicans and four Democrats abstained. Of the 235 who voted "Yes," 229 were Republicans and 6 were Democrats.
This bill was necessary due to the history of U.S. cases of babies where babies born alive after a botched abortion was brutally killed by the abortionist.
The most notable case came to light in 2013. Testimony was provided about how abortionist Kermit Gosnell killed at least ten babies who were born alive by slitting their spinal cords. Gosnell was eventually convicted of murdering three infants.
The bill expands Bush-era protections for babies born alive during an attempted abortion. In 2002, the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which Life Site notes was passed by a voice vote in the House and unanimous consent in the Senate, was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
That legislation officially made every born baby—even those intended to be aborted—a “person,” a “human being,” a “child,” and an “individual” in federal law.
"However, since the original Born-Alive Bill became law, undercover investigations have revealed how abortionists violate it by letting babies “expire” or by not giving them legally-mandated life-saving care when they survive a late-term abortion," wrote the website.
Jill Stanek, a Pro-life advocate who personally witnessed viable babies being left to die, said.
“Children born alive are denied medical care and left to die—cold, alone, abandoned and discarded like medical waste,” said Stanek.
Stanek also noted that the number of babies being left to die after surfing abortion happens more often than one might think.
“From Kermit Gosnell’s ‘house of horrors,’ to a D.C. abortionist admitting he would not intervene to save the baby, to a former Planned Parenthood medical director stating…whether to provide lifesaving care is (a matter of) who’s watching," declared Stanek,who is the Susan B. Anthony List National Campaign Chair.
She continued, “Horrific crimes are taking place in abortion facilities around the country... This is infanticide, plain and simple. Everyone should be able to agree on equal protection under the law for these children.”
She notes that one of the reasons why abortionists continued leaving born alive babies to die is that the Bush-era law had "no teeth." That's where this latest House bill comes in; it makes it a criminal offense.
One witness from Planned Parenthood told a congressional panel that “none of our health centers provide obstetrics care ... We don’t deliver babies at Planned Parenthood ... They don’t know how to manage a term infant or a premature infant.”
Likewise, there is a financial element. Undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress reveal that “the fetal-tissue trafficking industry explicitly incentivizes altering abortion procedures in a way that can lead to infants being born alive (because) intact cadavers are most valuable to researchers," quoted Life Site.
“The House Select Panel found evidence that whole-baby cadavers of a viable age have been transferred from some abortion clinics to researchers,” the National Review notes. “Planned Parenthood medical directors admitted to not injecting fetuses with the fatal drug dioxin … because tissue untainted by feticidal agents is much more helpful to researchers and therefore worth more money.”
In the face of these disturbing facts, it becomes clear that another bill was necessary.