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Do Newborns Have a Right to Life?

By Family policy alliance

That’s a rhetorical question, right? Unfortunately, no. Many would debate whether newborns have a right to life – and just such a debate will ensue in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday when the body votes on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). Make your voice heard today by asking your senators to vote for life!

When it comes to infants born during attempted abortions, some actually believe it’s okay to kill a newborn. You may recall Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s infamous words last year when speaking about late-term abortions: “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

To be blunt, those comments – and the arguments made by other pro-abortion extremists – are not about abortion at all, but rather about infanticide.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require that babies born alive after a failed abortion receive medical care. It seems simple enough. After all, babies are routinely and consistently provided medical care upon birth. There is no litmus test for how wanted the baby is or for any other qualification; medical care is given because newborns require it. Sen. Ben Sasse’s bill would affirm that truth and make clear in federal law that babies born during attempted abortions are no less human or worthy of life than other infants.

Sen. Sasse (R-NE) has said, “Everyone in the Senate ought to be able to say unequivocally that killing [a] little baby is wrong. This doesn’t take any political courage.… There should be no politics here that are right versus left, or Republican versus Democrat.” We couldn’t agree more!

The Senate is also poised to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) on Tuesday. This bill, authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization, when scientific evidence tells us an unborn child can feel pain. It is noteworthy that the United States is one of just seven countries worldwide which permit abortions after 20 weeks; the others are China, North Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada and the Netherlands.

More than 20 states have so far enacted laws to protect babies older than 20 weeks. We applaud Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin for passing such laws. Yet we must work to protect unborn babies in EVERY state of the union.

Please take a few moments today to call and email your two U.S. Senatorsto urge them to vote in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311).

Thank you for standing with us to protect life!

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