There has been much righteous criticism of the forty-four Democratic senators who thwarted a bill that would have protected babies who survive abortion from death-by-neglect and infanticide. In a nutshell, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would have required simply that all born babies—whether wanted or not—be treated equally, by requiring any healthcare practitioners present when a baby survives abortion to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child” as they would “render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.” It would also have required abortionists to ensure that surviving babies be transported immediately to a hospital for care, and would have outlawed “an overt act” meant to kill “a child born alive,” i.e., infanticide.
That most senate Democrats—including six presidential candidates—thwarted the bill’s passage moves abortion advocacy beyond “choice” to establishing a concomitant right to a dead fetus or baby (as the case might be). The bill’s defeat also reflects a growing bigotry against the moral value of babies with disabilities, a stunning repudiation of the sanctity/equality of human life ethic.
The senate bill’s defeat coincided with the enactment of a New York law that allows post-viability abortion, and which also repealed a statute that required proper medical care for babies who survive abortion. Vermont is very close to enacting the most extreme abortion license in the world, creating a “fundamental right to an abortion,” without any limitations as to viability, time of gestation, method of termination, or reason—no “health of the mother” pretense in the Green Mountain State!
The excuses given by pro-abortion/infanticide advocates for refusing to pass the federal law—and justifying passage of the new late-term abortion licenses—generally reflect profound biases against babies with disabilities. Thus, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam—a pediatric neurologist—infamously endorsed a (failed) late-term abortion legalization bill on the (false) claim that such terminations only involve babies with serious health difficulties and disabilities, in his words, “cases where there may be severe deformities” or when “there may be a fetus that’s non-viable.”
How is Northam’s death-by-neglect prescription any different morally than the old Roman practice of exposing disabled babies to the elements? The only difference I can see is that Northam would keep doomed babies “comfortable” in bassinettes. The ultimate outcome would be the same.
Read more at First Things.