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Left To Die

Nothing has ignited the Pro-Life cause in New York State more than the recent passage of the Reproductive Health Act, championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Obviously mistitled, the legislation allows for the abortion of babies, even as they are being born. Making matters worse, the act allows no intervention on behalf of the child even if he or she is born alive.

“Our nation is better than infanticide,” Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, said this week. The Bishop, who is chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee, added, “Babies born alive during the process of abortion deserve the same care and medical assistance as any other newborn.”

His statement came as two Republican members of the House are unveiling plans to force a floor vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  The proposal is the work of Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri with the support of House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Rep. Scalise knows something about not being left alone to die. He was gravely shot in 2017 while practicing for a Congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Va.  Had there not been immediate medical attention, the Congressman would not be here to support this petition.

Simply speaking, the proposed legislation would mandate that a baby born alive after an attempted abortion be given the same medical attention as any other infant.

Pro-abortion advocates see this as an attempt to limit personal freedom and choice, regardless of the rights of the new life being born. We see it as protecting the life of a human being, like any other.

This is how ridiculous the debate over life has become in our society today. A human being is actually born and yet that child is being left to die without any medical treatment!

We urge our local representatives to support this initiative to get the petition to the floor. Right now, Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to allow the bill – HR 962 – to reach the floor for debate. She realizes that there is great support for it among members of all parties.  Therefore, she does not want to risk the support of the pro-abortion crowd.

Our representatives have indeed been radicalized on the topic of abortion. The very least we should expect from them is recognition that when a person is born, there is a life that deserves to be preserved.

Another very least, we should expect is to know just where our own Congressperson stands on this issue. So, let’s have a vote!

Related Story: ‘Our Nation is Better than Infanticide’

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