A baby's first breath is usually a promising sign of life and hope. But that's not the case for some babies who are simply left to die after surviving an abortion.
After a spate of extreme pro-abortion laws popped up in New York and other state legislatures this year, the issue of infanticide rocketed to the top of headlines. Virginia's Gov. Ralph Northam (D) propelled the debate when he voiced shocking support for what some have called "after-birth abortion" by publicly stating that disabled babies could be denied proper medical treatment after they're born.
That prompted US Senate Republicans to try and pass a law saying babies should be given medical treatment if they're alive and have made it outside the womb after surviving an abortion. Democrats blocked the move.
With the infanticide debate and late-term abortion-up-till-birth laws threatening the lives of viable babies, critics say current federal policies do not sufficiently protect babies who are born alive following an attempted abortion.
So, lawmakers in the US House of Representatives are also trying to bring a new resolution to the floor in hopes that it will put an end to terminating precious lives: The Born Alive Protection Act.
This bill is intended to provide legal protection for the care of infants born after failed abortions.
The Heritage Foundation offers a closer look at statistical evidence from just four states that proves dozens of infants manage to outlive lethal terminations every year:
- "Florida reported that in 2017, 11 infants were born alive following an abortion, and six were born alive in 2018. Florida law includes protections for born-alive babies.
- Arizona reported that in 2017, 10 fetuses or embryos were delivered alive following an abortion. Arizona law includes protections for born-alive infants.
- Minnesota reported that in 2017, three babies were born alive following an abortion. Minnesota law includes protections for born-alive infants.
- Oklahoma's 2017 report includes a section tallying infants born alive, but the information is 'suppressed to maintain confidentiality,' indicating that at minimum one infant was born alive following an abortion."
Pro-life advocate Gianna Jessen is a living example of one of those abortion survivors. She overcame all odds and now lives to tell her story after a late-term abortion almost took her life.
Her mother went to a Planned Parenthood where she underwent a saline abortion. That kind of abortion involves injecting the pregnant mother's uterus and baby with substances such as saline, digoxin, potassium chloride, and prostaglandin.
Medical records would later reveal shocking details about how little Gianna defied that tragic moment – one that she now calls a "gift". The medical records noted Jessen's birth as "born during saline abortion" at nearly 30 weeks gestation.
Even though the performed abortion left Jessen to live the rest of her life with cerebral palsy, her faith has sustained her through the resulting struggles. "It allows me to really depend on Jesus for everything," she said.
Gianna is just one example of abortion survivors who have gone on to lead meaningful lives. HumanDefense.com offers compelling stories of 4 other survivors.
Here's Gianna's powerful life story as she delivered it to Congress several years ago:
Meanwhile, the lack of protection for babies who are born alive after abortions has activists, like Jessen, labeling the procedure inhumane, and calling on lawmakers for action.
Lauren DeBellis Appell, a former communications aide on Capitol Hill, offered a moving argument to senators who voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. "We don't even deny medical treatment to the most abhorrent among us — murderers, gang members, etc. Yet, every Senate Democrat except three voted against the bill, including every single female Democratic Senator. Yay feminism," she writes in USA Today.
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