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“Let’s reaffirm that when we say every life is created equal, we actually mean it”—Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

By Dave Andrusko

This is just one man’s opinion, but I think pro-life President Trump was not exaggerating in the slightest when he characterized the willingness of Senate Democrats to allow abortion survivors to die untreated as “One of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress.”

Pro-infanticide Democrats—and you are pro-infanticide if you refuse to treat a born-alive abortion survivor as you would any other preemie of a similar age—brazenly wrapped their unconscionable actions in the usual tripe. But what else should we have expected?

They believe unborn babies are property and remain at the whim of their mother and the abortionist, even if they are no longer within their mother’s body. Looked at another way, “bodily autonomy” has no borders, which is why the trip from abortion to infanticide is as uncontroversial to the Planned Parenthood as crossing state lines. Do you no longer have the right to drive once you leave Maryland and cruise into Virginia?

But pro-life Republican senators understand, just as does 77% of Americans survived in a recent poll who agree “a baby who survives a failed abortion” should “be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age.”

Here are excerpts from yesterday’s remark from four senators. Tomorrow we will repost excerpts from four more.

Sen. Mitch McConnell

In just a few hours the senate will vote on advancing a straight-forward piece of legislation to protect newborn babies. This legislation is simple. It would simply require that medical professionals give the same standard care and medical treatment to newborn babies who have survived an attempted abortion as any other newborn baby would receive in any other circumstance. It isn’t about new restrictions on abortion, it isn’t about changing the options available to women. It’s just about recognizing that a newborn baby is a newborn baby, period. This bill would make clear that in the United States of America in the year 2019, the medical professionals on hand when a baby is born alive need to maintain their basic ethical and professional responsibilities to that newborn. It would make sure our laws reflect the fact that the human rights of newborn boys and girls are innate. They don’t come and go based on the circumstances of birth. Whatever the circumstances, if that medical professional comes face-to-face wi
th a baby who’s been born alive, they are looking at a human being with human rights, period. To be frank, Mr. President, it makes me uneasy that such a basic statement seems to be generating actual disagreement. Can the extreme far-left politics surrounding abortion really have come this far? Are we really supposed to think that it’s normal that there are now two sides debating whether a newborn — whether newborn living babies deserve medical attention? … Apart from the entire abortion debate they seem to be suggesting that newborn baby’s right to life may be contingent on the circumstances surrounding their birth. …[M]y colleagues across the aisle need to decide where they’ll take their cues on these moral questions. On the one hand there are a few extreme voices who decided some newborn lives are more disposable than others. On the other side is the entire rest of the country. I would urge my colleagues, let’s listen to the voices of the American people. Let’s reaffirm that — let’s reaffirm that when we say every life is created equal, we actually mean it. Let’s vote to advance the born alive abortion survivor’s protection act later today. I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Sen. Deb Fischer

During my time in the Nebraska legislature, we passed the first statewide ban on abortion procedures after 20 weeks. Members from all points of the political spectrum, Republican, Democrat, pro-life, and pro-choice, came together to support that bill. Today we have the opportunity to come together, republicans and democrats, to stand up for the lives of newborn infants in the United States Senate. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act protects the life of children that survive an attempted abortion. Simply put, if a baby survives an abortion, he or she deserves the same medical care as any other child who is born prematurely. Without question, newborns deserve care, attention, and love. This should not be a divisive issue. This is an issue that is fundamental to what it means to be an American citizen and more so, what it means to be a human being. … Like most Nebraskans, I have been deeply disturbed by the actions in Virginia, New York, and the new extremes that have been pushed in the ensuing national debate that it is okay to deny newborn abortion survivors medical care. …These policies and lines of thought fly in the face of our core values, and they have to end. …In 2002, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act passed the House of Representatives by voice vote. It passed the Senate by unanimous consent, and it was signed into law by President Bush. We have the chance right now to build upon that 2002 consensus that those who survive an abortion are in fact people and clarify that they deserve medical care. Today we can come together to support this sound policy once more. We can clarify in light of the extremism that we’ve seen displayed recently that newborn abortion survivors deserve medical care.

Sen. Ben Sasse

I rise today for a simple purpose, Madam President. I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether or not we’re okay with infanticide. This language is blunt. I recognize that. It is too blunt for many people in this body. But frankly, that is what we’re talking about here today. Infanticide is what the abortion survivors born alive protection act is actually about. … The bill’s terms are simple. A child born alive during a botched abortion would be given the same level of care that would be provided to any other baby born at that same gestational stage. That’s it. This bill isn’t about abortion. … This bill is exclusively about protecting babies that have already been born and are outside the womb. Every baby deserves a fighting chance, whether that 24-week-old baby fighting for air and fighting for life have been just taken her first breaths is at an abortion clinic where she survived a botched abortion or whether or not she is in a delivery room at the local hospital. … This place feels like about a third of the people here are currently running for president, so I’d like to quote a few of them over the course of the last couple months. We ought to “build a country where no one is forgotten, and no one is left behind”. Amen to that. “The people in our society who are most often targeted by predators are often the voiceless and the vulnerable.” That’s true. Another said — offered a promise to, “fight for other people’s kids as hard as I fight for my own kids.” Just last week, our colleague from Vermont announced his campaign by saying, “The mark of a great nation is how it treats its most vulnerable people.” Bernie Sanders was right. Well, now is the chance tonight in this body to make good on that promise. Now is the chance to protect one of the most vulnerable populations imaginable, tiny, defenseless little babies who just started to breathe on that — on that hospital table. Having just taken their first breath. But was that all just claptrap for the campaign trail and the sound bites or do people mean what they say around here? …

Madam President, tonight what we’re going to vote on in the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is a chance to see whether we’re serious when people say around here they want to protect the innocent, they want to speak up for the voiceless, they want to defend the defenseless. Tonight, we’re going to have the opportunity to do exactly that. …But the prospect of what we’re voting on here is actually threatening to one of the most powerful interest groups in America. The abortion industry has taken to attacking this bill wildly over the course of the last two weeks, even though, as we have made clear repeatedly and as the text of this bill makes indisputably clear, this bill has nothing to do with abortion itself, nothing in this bill changes the slightest letter of Roe v. Wade. …, In other words, unlike this legislation, Planned Parenthood and others refuse to draw any line between abortion and infanticide. That’s what their lobbying the last week has shown. That should tell us something about what these groups are really about. … Deep down, each of us knows that every member of our human family ought to be protected and deserves to be cherished and loved, and the love we see every day in the eyes of moms and dads for their newborn babies is an inescapable reminder of that most fundamental truth — love is stronger than power.

Sen. Joni Ernst

Mr. President, here this evening as we debate this very important bill, I’m hearing two different strategies, two different discussions about what’s actually on the floor in front of us. You see, my colleagues across the aisle are debating a bill that is not in front of us. They are talking about health care for women, which is abortion. That’s what they are talking about. This bill does not address abortion. It doesn’t address the women’s health care issues. What this bill does is address the health care of a baby that is born alive after a botched abortion. We’re not talking about abortion, folks. We are talking about the life of a child that is born. … Mr. President, in recent weeks we have witnessed the ugly truth about the far-reaching grasp of the abortion industry and its ever increasingly radicalized political agenda. Some politicians have not only defended aborting a child while a woman is in labor but have gone so far as to support the termination of a child after its birth. This assault on human dignity cannot stand. … Although previous laws were passed recognizing infants born alive during abortion proceedings as legal persons, there still exists a critical loophole that prevents abortionists from being held accountable to failing to follow these very laws. This legislation closes the gap and ensures that there are concrete enforcement measures to protect children who survive abortion attempts. We can all agree that any child who is born alive, whether through a natural birth or whether through a botched abortion, is a living person, a person who is worthy of the utmost dignity, compassion, and respect. This legislation ensures just that by simply requiring health care practitioners to treat those babies who survive an abortion attempt with the same degree of care any other baby born at the same gestational age would receive. This legislation is not meant to punish women or mothers during and often heart-wrenching and difficult experience. And, in fact, this legislation specifically prohibits mothers from being prosecuted. Instead, this bill quite simply imposes penalties for the intentional killing of a baby who has been born alive. …We, as a nation, can do better. We must protect those babies who are born alive.

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Pro-life OB-GYN: A Patient Is a Person, No Matter How Small

By Dr. William R. Lile, D.O., FACOG

When does human life begin?

The simple questions in life are best answered with simple answers. Why would God send His Son to die for us? Answer: Because He loves us. The simple questions in life are made complex by those that reject the simple, yet true, answers.

So, when does human life begin? It begins at conception.

The thing that sets us as individuals apart from the other 7 billion people on the planet is our DNA. Our chromosomes are the blueprint of who we are. Our individual chromosomes are different from anyone that has ever lived, or ever will live.

Each of us is unique. Half of our DNA comes from our mothers and half from our fathers. Prior to the moment of conception, these reproductive cells had no new story–they were just haploid cells from our parents. However, at the moment of conception, our new story, as a new individual began.

This one cell will differentiate into the 40 trillion cells of an adult. All of the DNA carrying cells carry exact copies of that first cell.

However, there is one more miracle; cell differentiation. How do cells with the same copies of chromosomes divide into 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64…cells and yet we are a collection of many different types of cells with many different functions? It is called cell differentiation. Cells divide, one initiates the future nervous system and the other initiates the future circulatory system. How do these dividing cells, both with exact, complete blueprint copies, know which parts of the plans to follow?

Simple questions are best answered with simple answers. The simple answer? We don’t know. But such an amazing design can only be accomplished if there is a Divine designer.

Have you ordered a DNA analysis from 23andMe.com or Ancestry.com? The science is amazing. You collect 5cc of your DNA containing saliva. You mail it to either company and they analyze your unique DNA. They compare your DNA characteristics with DNA characteristics from millions of other people from around the globe. They can go back hundreds of years, and many generations to describe your ethnic heritage and history.

I sent my DNA off to be studied. Not only did they confirm my known genealogy, but they also told me about living relatives that I did not know about. Ancestry.com does not know that my mother’s side of the family is primarily from Pennsylvania and Virginia, or that my father’s side is from Mississippi and Arkansas. Yet they placed dozens of dots on the map of individuals with similar enough DNA to mine, that they must be relatives.

These dots were all in the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Mississippi, and Arkansas. An amazing revelation of my family history and who I am. The DNA that I submitted, and they studied is an exact copy of the DNA from that first cell formed when one cell from my mother and one cell from my father combined in the womb. The moment of conception! That is why our story, our lives, begins at conception.

“A patient is a person, no matter how small.”

A patient is a person, no matter how small. We treat the pre-born as patients while they are still in the womb. When I see a pregnant patient in my office, I am following two patients. The baby shares only half of its DNA with the mother. The other half comes from the father. The mother is the life support system for the baby, but the baby is a new person.

Every mother remembers that moment of seeing their baby for the first time on ultrasound. We can clearly see the heart beating less than 28 days after conception. The blood being circulated by the heart of the baby does not mix with the blood of the mother. In fact, often the mother and the baby have completely different blood types.

There are medical conditions where the mother has antibodies that can cross the placenta and attack the blood of the baby. We test for these antibodies on the first visit. Why would the mother’s body attack the baby? Because the baby is a new individual, a new person. Just like a transplanted kidney is matched as well as possible, there is always the risk that the host will reject the new kidney. The same is true for the baby in the womb.

In Rh isoimmunization, the mother’s antibodies are attacking the blood cells of the baby. If something is not done, the baby can go into heart failure and die in the womb from severe anemia. The baby needs a blood transfusion. How do you transfuse blood to a baby in the womb? We do it through Peri Umbilical Blood Sampling (PUBS).

We determine that the baby is anemic with ultrasound. We can measure the speed of blood cells passing through the Circle of Willis blood vessels in the brain and calculate the level of anemia of the baby. A transfusion is then scheduled.

Using ultrasound guidance, a long, thin needle is guided through the abdominal wall of the mother, through the wall of the womb, and directly into the vein of the umbilical cord. O negative blood can then be transfused directly into the vein of the umbilical cord of the baby. Blood that you might have donated to your local Red Cross Blood Bank.

We have performed this procedure as early as 19 weeks gestation at our hospital. A blood transfusion, four weeks before a baby can begin to survive in even the most advanced neonatal nursery.

Recent advances in fetal therapy have gone far beyond blood transfusions. Fetal surgery in the womb is now becoming common in centers in Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, Houston, and Cleveland. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) performs over 150 fetal procedures each year. Heart surgeries on babies in the womb are being performed as early as 21 weeks gestation. Heart valve surgery, and atrial septal interventions are being performed on fetal hearts the size of a large grape. Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston is now performing laparoscopic corrective spina bifida surgery before 23 weeks gestation.

The babies in the womb are clearly patients. If they are patients, they are persons, and if they are persons, they deserve our protection.

Informed Consent Protects Pre-born Babies as Patients

Informed consent is a vital part of medical care today. It is not simply a form that you sign prior to a surgery. It is a process, whereby the risks, benefits, indications, and alternatives are reviewed before a surgery. How does surgery on a baby benefit the mother? Quite simply, it does not benefit the mother, the mother is at risk for bleeding and infection. So, who benefits?

All benefits are for the baby. This is a key concept; the baby in the womb is a patient.

According to a Committee Opinion released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Number 439, August 2009), “Seeking informed consent expresses respect for the patient as a person; it particularly respects a patient’s moral right to bodily integrity.”

If we are performing heart surgery, spine surgery and giving blood transfusions to the pre-born while still in the womb, they are patients. And if they are patients, they have a “moral right to bodily integrity.” Abortion deprives a patient of their moral right to bodily integrity.

In the Roe v. Wade majority opinion written by Justice Harry Blackmun, he stated the if “personhood is established, the case for a constitutional right to abortion collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the (Fourteenth) Amendment.” The pre-born are clearly patients, and if they are patients they are persons, and if they are persons, we have a moral and constitutional duty to protect them.

In Jeremiah 1:5, God says to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; and I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

God knew all of us while we were in our mother’s womb. He had a plan for us, and sent His son Jesus Christ to die for us, conquer death and rise from the grave for us, so that if we place our trust in Jesus we can spend eternity with Him in Heaven. In return for eternity with Him in Heaven, we only have a short time to serve His Kingdom here on Earth, so that one day we will hear those words from Matthew 25:21… “Well done! Thou good and faithful servant.”

Dr. William Lile is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. He has a private practice near Pensacola, Florida, is the founder of ‘Pro-life Doc’, and has produced a short pro-life teaching DVD titled “God’s Miracle of Life.”

Editor’s note. This appeared at Pregnancy Help News and is reposted with permission.

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New Poll shows Louisianans Overwhelmingly Supports Life

70% of Residents Surveyed Consider Themselves Pro-Life

NEW ORLEANS – A new poll has found that 70 percent of Louisiana residents consider themselves to be pro-life, and they do not believe taxpayer funds should be used to provide abortion.

A survey of 1,180 likely 2019 General Election voters was commissioned by Louisiana Right to Life and conducted Feb. 10 and 11 by the Remington Research Group. The sampling was across all demographics.

Question 1: On the issue of abortion, do you consider yourself to be pro-life or pro-choice? On this question, 70 percent of responders said pro-life, while 30 percent said pro-choice.

Question 2: Do you think taxpayer funds should be used to provide abortion services? On this question, 71 percent of responders said no, 18 percent said yes and 11 percent were not sure.

In Louisiana being pro-life is a non-partisan issue, as shown by overwhelming support in both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature on pro-life votes. In this poll, 87 percent of Republicans, 58 percent of Democrats, and 65 percent identifying as non-partisan identified as pro-life.

Interestingly enough, while 67 percent of responders who identified as liberals said they were pro-choice, just 40 percent of those said taxpayer funds should be used to provide abortion services.

The Remington Research Group is a polling firm that specializes in automated IVR technology. The firm was founded in an effort to provide more reliable and affordable polling for campaigns throughout the country. Remington Research Group surveys have been featured in RealClearPolitics, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal and numerous local media throughout the United States.

Titus Bond, President of the Remington Research Group, said, “It is clear from this data that Louisiana remains one of the strongest pro-life states in the country. Voters in Louisiana are not the same as voters in the Northeast. The culture and demographics of the state give pro-life issues an incredibly strong starting point in any campaign.”

Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, was not surprised by the poll results. “In light of New York’s recent decision to permit abortion up until birth, this poll sends a clear message that Louisianians will never tolerate abortion-on-demand,” he said. “With 70 percent of Louisianians self-identifying as pro-life, it is clear that Louisiana is a pro-life state whose citizens believe that every human life deserves protection from the violence of abortion. We look forward to the day when Roe v. Wade is overturned and Louisiana can take action to secure the rights of the most vulnerable among us, the innocent unborn baby.”

For a breakdown of the poll results, click here.

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President’s Day: A Pro-Life Reflection

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

One of the greatest compliments that can be paid to a mother and father is that their son or daughter could someday grow up to be President of the United States.

And so, on this day which honors the highest office in the land, it is altogether fitting that we reflect on the Presidency and the issue of “life” in America.

Our first President, George Washington, once stated, “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

Certainly, an ultrasound showing a baby sucking her thumb demonstrates the scientific truth that the preborn child represents human life in all its astounding glory.

The third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The website Vocabulary.com notes that synonyms for the word “Unalienable” include “non-negotiable” and “intrinsic.” Therefore, written onto the hearts of the founding fathers was the truth that the right to life was non-negotiable and intrinsic–in other words, a right not to be tampered with.

Notes for speeches by the nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, suggest the dangers that arise when people use the nation’s venerable Constitution for perverse purposes: “…the people — are the rightful masters of both Congresses, and courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it…”

Once a court has lost its way…as the Supreme Court did in the tragic 1973 decision Roe v. Wade…a course of correction is possible–but not easy.

Consider, for instance, the words of our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt: “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” For, as his successor, President William Howard Taft, observed, “Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.”

Still, hope reigns in the soul of every American who believes that one of the country’s worst wrongs can be righted, that justice can be restored to the voiceless among us, and that the vision of a life-affirming legal system can be realized.

It is a question of not only prevailing in courts, but also opening eyes to the humanity of the child in the womb.

For, as our 40th President, Ronald Reagan, once remarked, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

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Girl, Arise and Embrace Life!

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

In the refreshing new book Girl, Arise, author Claire Swinarski makes the case for why the pro-life cause is pro-woman. She admits, she’s defied stereotypes as a pro-life feminist.

The critics rant somewhere along these lines: “Pro-life feminists are unicorns–nice to think about but not actually romping through the forest.”

But to the author, the pro-life cause “is where the Church opens wide her arms, steps it up, and shouts, ‘We’re pro-women’ in her loudest voice.’”

Swinarski sums up her viewpoint on abortion this way: “Abortion is wrong–not simply because it ends a life but also because it isn’t good for women.”

Swinarski goes on to write, “…erring on the side of not ending a life seems to be the most rational, moral, loving conclusion, even if you take out of the picture such Bible verses as ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.’”

The pro-life feminist rightly notes that women mostly have abortions because of a lack of choice. A woman chooses abortion because of a lack in her life–whether that be a lack of finances, career, or a loving partner.

“This isn’t an empowering decision,” Swinarski writes. “This isn’t ‘my body, my choice’ but rather ‘I feel I have no other choice.’”

It is the pro-life movement that bridges the gap–providing comprehensive counseling, material resources, and hope. It is in that supportive approach that lives are changed and hearts are opened. In the midst of great pain and fear, the beauty of life is recognized and celebrated.

The pro-life movement supplies what is lacking in a woman’s life, allowing her to make the bold, empowering decision to give birth to her baby. It is a movement grounded in an exercise of rights–the right of a baby girl to life, and the right of a woman to give birth.

Now, that’s pro-woman!

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Girl, Arise and Embrace Life!

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

In the refreshing new book Girl, Arise, author Claire Swinarski makes the case for why the pro-life cause is pro-woman. She admits, she’s defied stereotypes as a pro-life feminist.

The critics rant somewhere along these lines: “Pro-life feminists are unicorns–nice to think about but not actually romping through the forest.”

But to the author, the pro-life cause “is where the Church opens wide her arms, steps it up, and shouts, ‘We’re pro-women’ in her loudest voice.’”

Swinarski sums up her viewpoint on abortion this way: “Abortion is wrong–not simply because it ends a life but also because it isn’t good for women.”

Swinarski goes on to write, “…erring on the side of not ending a life seems to be the most rational, moral, loving conclusion, even if you take out of the picture such Bible verses as ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.’”

The pro-life feminist rightly notes that women mostly have abortions because of a lack of choice. A woman chooses abortion because of a lack in her life–whether that be a lack of finances, career, or a loving partner.

“This isn’t an empowering decision,” Swinarski writes. “This isn’t ‘my body, my choice’ but rather ‘I feel I have no other choice.’”

It is the pro-life movement that bridges the gap–providing comprehensive counseling, material resources, and hope. It is in that supportive approach that lives are changed and hearts are opened. In the midst of great pain and fear, the beauty of life is recognized and celebrated.

The pro-life movement supplies what is lacking in a woman’s life, allowing her to make the bold, empowering decision to give birth to her baby. It is a movement grounded in an exercise of rights–the right of a baby girl to life, and the right of a woman to give birth.

Now, that’s pro-woman!

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“It used to be that my Democratic colleagues said life begins at birth. Now, apparently, it is not at birth anymore”

Editor’s note. On the night of February 4, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) asked the Senate for unanimous consent to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. If enacted, the bill would extend federal legal protection to babies who are born alive during an abortion. However, Senate Democrats, led by Patty Murray (D-WA), objected, stalling the bill.

We’ve reposted several responses from pro-life Republican senators asking for unanimous consent. The following is from Sen. James Lankford (R-Ok.)

Mr. LANKFORD. Mr. President, the Senate often does things by unanimous consent in areas in which there is really no common disagreement. This body will do a unanimous consent to congratulate the New England Patriots for winning the Super Bowl, and, unanimously, all of us will agree to congratulate them. Yet, today, the Senator from Nebraska brought up a very straightforward, simple bill: Do we as a nation permit infanticide? For some reason, the New England Patriots is noncontroversial, but the death of children at their deliveries is controversial enough that my Democratic colleagues are blocking it.

It is not some fancy, formal bill with a trick piece in it; it is a very simple, straightforward bill. Occasionally, an abortion is botched, and while they are actually trying to take the life of a child, the child is actually delivered. At that moment, the child is delivered and is on the table, crying, and the question is, Now what do we do? Current medical practice is to back away from the child and allow him to die slowly on the table because there was supposed to have been an abortion, although the child was fully delivered and was on the table, with the umbilical cord attached, crying. It doesn’t seem like this should be controversial; it seems like this should be as straightforward as congratulating the Patriots for winning the Super Bowl. How can we as Americans say no to a fully delivered child’s life?

The question about abortion has been historically a question about, when does life begin? I am one of those crazy radicals who actually believe in science. I think, when cell division is occurring and when DNA is there that is different from the mom’s and different from the dad’s, that it is actually a different human being—a smaller human being but a different human being. That is what everyone in science believes. That child who is developing is alive. The day of his birth is just another day. Now, it is a pretty traumatic day for him to transition from being inside the womb to the outside, but birth is just another day of life for that child because he is fully developed. He was developing in the womb, and he is developing outside the womb.

Every single person who can hear this has had the exact same experience of developing in the womb. This seemed like a commonsense issue until the legislators in the State of New York, a few weeks ago, stood and cheered and applauded when they passed a bill for third-trimester abortions. These are ultra-late-term abortions. This is a fully viable child abortion.

Let me review quickly what the State of New York did. There are only four countries in the world that allow late-term abortions. There are only four left—North Korea, China, Vietnam, and the United States. Those in the New York Legislature stood and cheered that they are in the middle of the human rights-depraved nations of China, North Korea, and Vietnam. That is at 24 weeks and on. At 20 weeks, there is still Canada and the Netherlands and Singapore that are left, but by 24 weeks, at that late-term, Canada, the Netherlands, and Singapore drop off. They say: No, we are out. That is a fully viable child. Yet those in the New York Legislature stood and applauded.

It got one-upped in Virginia last week as the Governor of Virginia explained Virginia’s late-term abortion bill as one-upping New York’s. He said, in Virginia’s bill, in his words, this is how it would work. If children have deformities, however that is defined, or for the mental or physical health, however they want to define that because there was no definition, they would deliver the child, make him comfortable, resuscitate the child if the mother wants, and then would discuss what to do with the child. It is not enough for the State of New York to applaud late-term abortions and join North Korea, China, and Vietnam as the only places on Earth to allow this. No. The Virginia Democrats had to go one more and say: Let’s deliver the children and then discuss it based on their “deformities.”

Back to the Super Bowl conversation, one of the most popular commercials in the Super Bowl was for a gaming system that showed kids with disabilities who played a video game just like other kids, except now they want to decide at those children’s births whether to just take their lives then. How in the world can we as a culture run a television commercial and say: That kid is just like that kid. Look, they play games just alike. But when they are little, let’s deliver them and discuss it and figure out what we want to do. This is infanticide.

This is not about pro-life and pro-choice; this is pro-humanity. To get to the point at which we are discussing whether children live or die based on what they look like at birth and then, if they don’t quite look right, we will take those lives is inhumane and is beneath us as a society. I cannot fathom the discussion that we are having on the floor of the U.S. Senate as to whether a fully delivered child lives or dies or discuss what happens during a botched abortion when a child is fully delivered.

It used to be that my Democratic colleagues said life begins at birth. Now, apparently, it is not at birth anymore; it is unknown when life actually begins because it is a discussion we are going to have at their births now. How can we block this bill? How can this, of all things, not bring unanimous consent? It is inhumane.

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Wisconsin Right to Life is Ready to Work with Legislators to Protect Life

“With the recent events surrounding the abortion issue in Virginia and New York, it has become clear what the endgame is for abortion advocates who support killing our unborn babies: Abortion through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason and, should the baby be born alive after a failed abortion, infanticide,” shared Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director, Heather Weininger.

Weininger noted that Wisconsin Right to Life has worked for years to protect the most vulnerable. “Wisconsin is only one election away from becoming New York, where the unborn, babies born alive after failed abortions, and their mothers literally have no protection,” she said.

“During the efforts to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Sonya’s Law, and many other protective, pro-life laws, Wisconsin Right to Life worked with both Wisconsin State Senate and Wisconsin State Assembly members to ensure unborn children and their mothers were protected. During that time, we had a pro-life governor who signed this legislation into law. We no longer have a governor who will protect the lives of the unborn. Our children are at risk.

“Wisconsin Right to Life will continue to work with our pro-life leaders in Wisconsin’s Senate and Assembly to ensure all innocent lives are protected in Wisconsin. We know that those who want to expand the abortion industry and, in turn, their profits will stop at nothing to get what they want.

“We must do all we can to stand for life at every age, from conception until natural death.”

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At National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump affirms “Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven”

By Dave Andrusko

The ultimate one-two punch. A memorable State of the Union speech built around respect for life and opposition to infanticide Tuesday night followed this morning by an equally powerful address at the National Prayer Breakfast.

You can watch President Donald Trump as he delivered his remarks here and/or read the speech here.

The President was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, members of Congress, and numerous members of the President’s cabinet. Although he receives great (and unthinking criticism), President has and is a great defender of religious freedom at home and abroad.

“As part of our commitment to building a just and loving society, we must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life,” President Trump said. “All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God.” He continued

“Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven [great applause]. As the Lord says in Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you… Before you were born, I set you apart.’

As we reported in multiple posts Wednesday, in the State of the Union address, President Trump fearlessly criticized the abortion-on-demand law passed in New York and sternly called Va. Gov. Ralph Northam to task for saying that babies who survive abortions need only be made “comfortable.” Anything beyond this, the governor said, is up to the mother and the abortionist.

These words delivered in the House of Representatives Tuesday night will never be forgotten by pro-lifers;

There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our Nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth.

To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.

Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.

We are reposting a story that first ran in 2010 to remind you the difference it makes to have a pro-life President addressing the National Prayer Breakfast.

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Republicans will continue to fight for the lives of most innocent

By Joe Gruters

Editor’s note. This guest editorial appeared in the Charlotte Sun News. Florida State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, a past chairman of the Florida Right to Life PAC, represents southern Sarasota County and most of Charlotte County. He also was recently elected chairman of Republican Party of Florida.

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Democrats nationally are pursuing an extremist and deeply immoral agenda of legalizing and applauding abortions up until the very second of birth … and afterward. Sadly, this is not hyperbole. This is their own testimony and words and happening rapidly enough that it gives every appearance of quickly becoming mainstream Democrat thinking, at least among politicians.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the legalization of abortion after the unborn child is viable outside the womb (so a fully developed child) so long as the abortionist profiting on the procedure makes a “reasonable and good-faith judgment” that ending the baby’s life will protect the mother’s health.

“Health,” as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Doe v. Bolton, a companion ruling to Roe v. Wade, include: “… all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman’s age — relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.”

So, basically abortion on demand until the very moment of birth. Infamously, the New York legislature broke into applause at this.

In Virginia, Democratic state legislator Kathy Tran has introduced legislation that would make abortion legal even at term and in the middle of birth. In a video, under questioning by a Republican legislature, she admitted that the woman could be dilated and actually delivering and the baby could still be “aborted.” The correct word is “murdered.” This cannot be morally sugar-coated.

If it’s possible to be worse, Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam supports that legislation, saying on a radio interview that such very-late term abortions would only be in cases where the nearly born child was severely deformed or unviable and that in such cases parents should be able to withhold medical care if the infants are fully delivered. This means let a “deformed” baby die on the table.

Northam said of the last minute abortions: “If a mother is in labor … 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 mother.”

In Rhode Island, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo proudly promised to sign legislation that mirrors these in New York and Virginia.

Florida stands in stark contrast to this culture of death. Florida values represent a culture of life, compassion and defense of the innocent.

That’s why I introduced the “Florida Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” in the Florida Legislature. This bill would ban abortions that are 20 weeks after fertilization because of the overwhelming scientific evidence that the unborn child feels pain as a born child does, including physical and emotional distress, and recoils from it like all of humanity.

The science is crystal clear: Unborn children over 20 weeks in the womb feel pain. Doctors know this and their actions speak louder than any politician’s words. What are those actions? Anesthesia is routinely administered when surgery is performed on unborn children. There’s only one reason physicians do that: to spare the unborn baby of pain. Given that, which is based on the growing body of scientific evidence, imagine the pain and terror that a baby in the womb goes through being poisoned or dismembered prior to death.

It’s barbaric.

New York Democrats may applaud such barbarism. Florida Republicans mourn for the horrible end to a life only barely started.

Late-term abortion is an assault on the basic human decency toward other humans. It is creating in New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and elsewhere a culture of death. Ironically, murderers and child rapists have more protections on their lives in places like New York with no death sentence than an innocent unborn child.

The New York law also holds that that an attack on a pregnant woman in which her baby dies is only an assault on the woman — as if the baby does not exist. This ultimate dehumanizing of the most innocent in our society may be New York values, but they are not Florida values.

They may be becoming mainstream Democratic values.

They will never be Republican values or values of Floridians of good conscience.

Further, we assert that the state of Florida has a compelling interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the moment science and its practical application by the medical community tells us they can began to feel pain and the terror associated with it.

We will always fight to protect innocent children from the predations of the abortion industry and those politicians supporting and benefiting from it.

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