Author: Frank Camp
On Thursday, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) gave a speech on the Senate floor regarding an upcoming Democratic presidential “candidate forum,” which will be hosted by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
First, Sasse explained what exactly Planned Parenthood is:
Planned Parenthood is the country’s largest abortion business. That’s their main staple operation. Last year, Planned Parenthood reported committing more than 330,000 abortions – somewhere between one-third and one-half of all abortions in America committed last year. Planned Parenthood’s president has said that “providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion” is part of the organization’s “core mission.” It does that with the help of more than $500 million in annual subsidies from the federal government. That is, from taxpayers across this country, many of whom believe that abortion is immoral.
According to Planned Parenthood’s latest report, the abortion organization received $563.8 million from the United States government (taxpayer money) in fiscal 2017-2018.
Although the organization claims that abortions only comprise 3% of “services,” that’s because they count each service separately. Looking at their annual report, there are roughly 25 “services” offered by Planned Parenthood. STI testing, Pap tests, HPV vaccinations, pregnancy tests, and abortions are all counted as equal under their rubric. Of the 9.69 million “services” counted in their most recently released annual report, 332,757 of those were abortions.
Sasse continued, noting how the former Democratic position on abortion was “safe, legal, and rare.”
But the position of Planned Parenthood is, and has long been: abortion anytime, anyplace, for any reason, for free. That used to represent the most extreme position anywhere in the Democratic party, shared by only a very small, hard fringe portion of their elected leaders. Just to review some history in 2008, Hillary Clinton was still calling for “safe, legal, and rare” abortion access, and she would regularly emphasize “and by rare, I mean rare.” But today, the radical things that the nation’s largest abortion business wants are basically indistinguishable from the position of almost every Democrat running for president: Abortion – anytime, anywhere, for any reason, for free.
And in fact, it’s actually worse than this – because the position of every senator running for the Democratic nomination, and at least one governor, is that a living, breathing baby who survives an abortion procedure can be left to die after birth. All seven senators running for the Democratic presidential nomination voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act earlier this year, and Governor Bullock, of Montana, vetoed a state-level version of the bill, just before he entered the race. So, as things currently stand, it’s entirely possible that the Democratic nominee for the highest office in our land in 2020 will be publicly agnostic about the moral status of post-abortion infanticide. Morally agnostic about post-abortion infanticide.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which Democrats voted against, simply stated:
(1) If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.
(2) Any infant born alive after an abortion or within a hospital, clinic, or other facility has the same claim to the protection of the law that would arise for any newborn, or for any person who comes to a hospital, clinic, or other facility for screening and treatment or otherwise becomes a patient within its care.
In the case of an abortion or attempted abortion that results in a child born alive:
…Any health care practitioner present at the time the child is born alive shall—
(A) exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age; and
(B) following the exercise of skill, care, and diligence required under subparagraph (A), ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.
…A health care practitioner or any employee of a hospital, a physician’s office, or an abortion clinic who has knowledge of a failure to comply with the requirements of paragraph (1) shall immediately report the failure to an appropriate State or Federal law enforcement agency, or to both.
According to the proposed law, the mother of the child would be exempt from prosecution.
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