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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:36 pm


Numerous witnesses, including nurses and other healthcare providers, have come forward to testify that children do indeed survive abortions — and are then sometimes denied medical care, left to die or intentionally killed.

The living child made in the divine image, outside of the mother’s womb is a morally and legally recognized person. Debates over abortion are no longer relevant. Intentionally denying any born baby the care it needs, in order to make sure that it dies, amounts to murder — infanticide.

There is a serious moral and medical obligation to protect children who survive a brutal abortion.

Current homicide laws are not enough to protect children who survive an abortion from being killed or left to die. Though infanticide is a form of homicide, evidence indicates that homicide laws are not ensuring that babies who survive abortion actually receive a fair chance at life.

Twenty-nine states have already passed laws providing additional protections, and the federal government should do so as well.

Current federal law does not ensure that a child born alive after an abortion receives the same medical care as any other newborn. Good medical practice would imply that the location of a baby’s live birth — be it an abortion clinic or hospital — should have no bearing on whether or not they receive care. But, unfortunately, too often being born alive in an abortion clinic means murder or death by neglect to the born child.

The federal Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Senate bill 311/House Resolution 962) would provide more protections to prevent the infanticide of precious babies who survive an abortion attempt. The act would require a doctor and medical workers to follow concrete steps to provide the child with immediate medical attention, as one would for any other newborn child. Sadly, at present many federal legislators refuse to take the necessary steps of discussing and approving this basic merciful human act.

Most Rev. Michael Pfeiffer, OMI

Bishop emeritus

Catholic Diocese of San Angelo Oblate Missions

San Antonio

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