Shall I be plain? I wish the bastards dead;
Richard III, Richard III: Act IV, Scene 2
The party of compassion strikes again:
Senate Democrats blocked a bill that would have required any medical practitioner in attendance to provide immediate medical care to an infant who had survived a late-term abortion. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), required that:
any health care practitioner present 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.
The bill required “any child born alive to be immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.” Failure to comply would have resulted in a penalty of up to five years in prison.
This proposed legislation failed by a 53-44 margin. 60 votes were necessary for passage. Only three Democrats supported the measure including Joe Manchin (WV), Bob Casey (PA) and Doug Jones (AL). Three Republicans were not present.
Interestingly, a Marist poll of 1008 adults conducted between February 12th – 17th indicated a noticeable shift in sentiment from one month ago before Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam’s comments brought the issue of late term abortion to the forefront. In January, the poll showed that 55% of respondents identified as pro-choice, 38% as pro-life and 7% as unsure. One month later, only 47% considered themselves pro-choice, 47% pro-life and 6% remained unsure. The poll’s margin of error was 3.5%.
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