Why are Democrats blocking a bill to stop infanticide?
Washington Free Beacon:
A group of pro-life Republicans in the House gathered Wednesday to ask the question: Why are Democrats fighting so hard to stop born infants from getting medical care?Democrat arguments about protecting the mothers' rights are absurd. A mother has no right to kill a child that is born alive. any more than they can kill that child a year later. Democrats are bloodthirsty and heartless when it comes to abortion survivors.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.), and Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.), and others lambasted Democrats for blocking legislation requiring doctors to treat babies born after failed abortions. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would legally cover infants who are still alive after botched abortions with "the same claim to the protection of the law that would arise for any newborn, or for any person who comes to a hospital, clinic, or other facility for screening and treatment or otherwise becomes a patient within its care."
With the words "end infanticide" emblazoned on the lectern at which they spoke, the GOP members of Congress emphasized their pro-life principles but also asked why even pro-choice Democrats would tolerate the killing of infants outside the womb.
"There are some issues you really can't believe you have to have debated, and this is one of those issues," Cheney said.
Specifically, Scalise implored Democrats to sign the discharge petition to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act out of committee and onto the floor of the House.
Republicans are trying to keep the pressure on Democrats who are trying to move past this issue by guaranteeing there is no problem with botched abortions in this country. But that's incorrect according to Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.), chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, who said hundreds of cases have been reported, despite the incentive for botched abortions to go unreported.
Smith said failed abortions are treated as "an embarrassment to be hushed up," and he emphasized that women who undergo abortion procedures are not targeted in the proposed legislation.
"No mother, no woman can be prosecuted," Smith said. "It is the abortionist we seek to hold to account."