July 19, 2022

Doctors Are Letting Abortion Survivors Die?

  • The Hill

By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

A report has been released showing that late-term and full-term babies are being left to die after failed abortions. “For the calendar year of January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, 5 abortion procedures resulting in a born-alive infant were reported,” the Health Department of Minnesota report detailed. Yet all five died with only two being reported to have received “comfort care,” a term that can be loosely interpreted. 

The Background:

This report comes from just one state. Numbers are assumed to be much higher as all investigations and interviews have pointed to higher numbers of born-alive infants during late-term abortions. Such as Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s facility and former employees. 

Congressional Democrats have largely refused to pass legislation that protects born-alive babies from botched and failed abortions.

In recent years, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) has attempted to push the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” through Congress.

This act would protect and mandate doctors' attempts to save born-alive infants. Currently, doctors are legally allowed to let babies die after abortion procedures.This would criminalize anyone who “intentionally performs or attempts to perform an overt act that kills a child born alive.”

Notable Quotes:

“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. Any infant born alive after an abortion or within a hospital, clinic, or other facility has the same claim to the protection of the law that would arise for any newborn, or for any person who comes to a hospital, clinic, or other facility for screening and treatment or otherwise becomes a patient within its care.” - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

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