A bill meant to preserve the life of babies who survive an abortion attempt was rejected by Senate Democrats after Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse pleaded with them to unanimously pass the measure Monday.
“This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. We’re way beyond that. Everyone in the Senate ought to be able to say unequivocally that the little baby deserves life. That she has rights, and that killing her is wrong,” Sasse declared in remarks seeking unanimous consent on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
The bill sought to require “any health care practitioner present” at the time of a birth to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”
It exempted mothers involved from prosecution, and proposed requiring practitioners to “ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.” A possible term of imprisonment of up to five years for violations, not including penalties for first-degree murder that could also apply was also proposed.
The U.S. House passed a similar bill in January, 2018.
A similar bill, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002, but that legislation didn’t contain any penalties or enforcement mechanisms.
Sasse pointed to recent decisions by New York and a proposal by Virginia supported by the state’s embattled Gov. Ralph Northam, to allow abortions up to birth as a march toward removing protections against infanticide.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair