In a gruesome decision the senate failed to pass a bill that would protect the lives of babies born alive after a botched abortion. The bill, S. 130 "would prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion."
With abortion on demand in several states, up to moment of birth, Senator Ben Sasse introduced the bill, that would save the lives of these babies born alive as a result of abortion, giving the baby a chance at life despite the mother's decision to terminate the pregnancy. Essentially, the bill would have prevented infanticide when a live baby is born. The bill stated, "If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws."
Despite the bill failure to pass, there were three Democrat Senators who crossed the aisle, to vote on this Republican led bill; Joe Manchin (D-WV), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA).
The bill was NOT an anti-abortion bill, but rather a bill to give the babies every foreseeable right to live after already being born alive. As Sasse wrote in an op ed, "This isn’t about restricting access to abortion. We’re talking about making sure that newborn babies are treated with dignity and receive care whether they’re born in the maternity wing or an abortion clinic. This is the bare minimum in humane treatment."
List of senators who refused to condemn this heinous act of infanticide to protect the lives of the born alive:
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Michael Bennet (D-CO) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Cory Booker (D-NJ) Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Ben Cardin (D-MD) Tom Carper (D-DE) Chris Coons (D-DE) Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Dick Durbin (D-IL) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Kamala Harris (D-CA) Maggie Hassan (D-NH) Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Mazie Hirono (D-HI) Tim Kaine (D-VA) Angus King (I-ME) Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Ed Markey (D-MA) Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Chris Murphy (D-CT) Patty Murray (D-WA) Gary Peters (D-MI) Jack Reed (D-RI) Jacky Rosen (D-NV) Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Brian Schatz (D-HI) Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Tina Smith (D-MN) Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Jon Tester (D-MT) Tom Udall (D-NM) Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Mark Warner (D-VA) Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Ron Wyden (D-OR)
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Side note opinion: It is reprehensible and inhumane to not protect the lives of the already born. The mother who decided to terminate the pregnancy is not forced to keep the born child, and has every right to allow a loving family to adopt this child. Not signing this bill makes infanticide not punishable. And despite the will and determination of the infant who fought to live even during the abortion procedure it should be given every chance to thrive.
Democrats who refused to sign onto this legislation should be viewed as the ghouls of society, surprisingly, however many have been re-elected into office. This should be a wake up call for every American who has a family, or is thinking of having one. Failing to protect the absolute most vulnerable and helpless of our society is not just inhumane, but opprobrious. If the democrats refuse to protect them, what does that say about protecting the average American citizen. Does the money they receive from special interest groups over ride their interests to protect American citizens. Also, who is next, the handicapped, elderly. Should their special interest groups suddenly want to practice geronticide? Who is to stop them?