Legislation Passes to Protect Babies Who Survive Abortion *
But who will be bearing witness?
Abortion providers could face criminal charges if they allow children who have survived brutal procedure to die.
During House business on September 18, United States Representative Marlin A. Stutzman (R-Ind.) was floored by the stubborn unwillingness of House Democrats to part ways with and defund Planned Parenthood. Stutzman’s reaction comes amidst reports exposing how depraved the organization has proven itself to be via undercover videos showing the Planned Parenthood’s involvement in selling the organs and tissues of aborted babies for profit.
“How can there possibly be two sides to this?” asked Stutzman.
He was dumbfounded by the remarks of House Democrats who so brazenly defended Planned Parenthood Federation of America while invoking the Democratic party-line “pro-choice” ideology, which for over 40 years has claimed a “legal” haven for abortion on demand, based on a single U.S. Supreme Court decision in the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade case.
Critics maintain the high court read into the Constitution a nebulous, expansive “right to privacy” to “choose” whether to end the life of the unborn. More than 50 million people are not alive today due to this alleged “legality” attached to terminating childbirth.
Scores of emotional statements on both sides of the aisle were prompted by Representative Robert William “Bob” Goodlatte (R-Va.) bringing to the floor H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. He noted that the House Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, has been investigating what the bill addresses: that in some cases babies who’ve survived attempted abortions are being passively allowed to die in the clinic just after the failed abortion or actively killed in the clinic.
AFP observed the highly charged proceedings as the only press in the House chamber.
Goodlatte clarified that abortion doctors and their staff who leave the child to die would get five years in prison under this bill and those who directly kill the still-alive child, say, with a surgical tool, could get life in prison or possibly the death penalty for first-degree murder. This by all indications represents a strengthening of existing law.
The House approved the bill 248-177 with eight legislators not voting and Representative John R. Garamendi (D-Calif.) voting “present.” The vote was strictly along party lines in the Republican-controlled House.