Today, in a loud and chilling statement, every Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives but five voted against a measure that protects babies born alive after a failed abortion.
Thankfully, Rep. Trent Franks’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act passed the House anyway, with unanimous Republican support. The bill makes it a criminal offense for an abortionist to allow a born alive infant to die, whether by neglect or by actively killing the child.
Obviously, this should be common sense in a civilized society. This should be basic humanity. And yet even the President issued an unusually strong statement in advance of the vote, promising to veto this measure should it come to his desk. In response,Cathy McMorris Rodgers declared that it is entirely inexcusable that the President would actively work to prevent a bill that protects our youngest humans! “This,” she said, “is a radical, extreme departure from what I know to be right.” Rep. Virginia Foxx warned, “We are developing a callousness toward life in this country which is extraordinarily dangerous.”
We heard such callousness in absurd opposing statements like that of Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) who stated that this bill “criminalizes the practice of medicine.” To all decent Americans, medical practice most certainly does not include the killing of born alive infants, whether by omission or commission. Our thanks goes out to the five Democrats who broke with party ranks to guarantee protection to these children.
The House also passed Rep. Diane Black’s Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, a measure to strip funding from Cecile Richards’s group for a year while congressional investigations are ongoing, with the support of only two Democrats and opposition of three Republicans.
Of course, the Left’s objections to the pro-life measures before the House have nothing to do with the substance of the bills. Instead, they rehearse the same tired talking points that have no basis in reality. They refuse to admit that the bill actually reallocates funds to federally-qualified health centers around the country, which are not buried in scandal and under investigation for such horrific practices as partial birth abortion and profiting from the sale of babies’ body parts.
There are only 665 Planned Parenthood clinics in America, compared to 13,540 comprehensive health clinics. Defunding Planned Parenthood will in no way limit women’s access to health services. If, as Democrats falsely claim, the vast majority of women (especially women with low income) rely on Planned Parenthood for health care, then something must have gone terribly wrong with ObamaCare. Wasn’t that supposed to be their fix all?
Yesterday, in the most dramatic moment of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing investigating Planned Parenthood, Chairman Pitts showed clips from the Center for Medical Progress videos, including some of the most damning evidence of morally reprehensible acts committed in Planned Parenthood facilities. Democratic members flew into a frenzy, talking loudly amongst themselves and their staff, ignoring the videos, talking over the videos and raising points of order to try to force Chairman Pitts to turn them off. Why?
It seems some members can’t handle the truth. But the truth will not be silenced. The House is engaged in an unprecedented pro-life push — through legislation, hearings, and investigations.
The Senate is set to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Tuesday. We deeply respect and appreciate those members who are engaged in this fight to recognize and uphold the God-given unalienable right to life for all.
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