WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Is there something about the Democratic ‘party line’ that requires members of Congress to support infanticide?”
That question was posed today by Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, to Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“On January 19 of this year, the House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712) requiring that babies born alive after a failed abortion be brought to a hospital for care. All Republican members voted for it but only six House Democrats did. The other 183 Democrats voted against the bill. They voted against ensuring that these newborns would be treated like any other child who requires care immediately after birth.
Father Pavone sent out an action alert today, urging voters in districts where House Democrats are running for re-election to contact those representatives and express disapproval for their vote against protecting these babies.
“This is not about abortion. This ceased being about abortion the moment the child drew breath outside the womb. This is not about a fetus. That highly charged political word was no longer applicable once the child was born. This is about infanticide. And it is a key electoral issue.”
“In every House race, the Democrat candidate should be asked about his or her vote on the Born Alive Act: ‘Should a baby born alive, even after an abortion, be protected or not?’ This is not a complicated question, nor is it an abstract or hypothetical one.”
He urged voters to question incumbents running for re-election, and their challengers, where they stand on this fundamental life-and-death question: Do you support infanticide?
In 2002, Congress passed and President George Bush signed into law the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act but Congress revisited the issue because the law lacks adequate enforcement and penalties.
Noting that finding reliable statistics on the number of children born alive after abortion, Father Pavone said:
“Abortionists who were hired to end a child’s life are not likely to work hard to preserve that child’s life once he or she has survived an abortion. We need this bill to become law, to ensure that these survivors are not left to die in a utility closet, or thrown in the trash, or having their spinal cords snipped with scissors.
“And this needs to be an election issue right now. After all, if politicians can’t respect the life of a little baby, how are they supposed to respect yours and mine?” Fr. Pavone asked.