Gut-check: How Dems feel about born-alive legislation to protect babies who survive abortion

Sen. Tim Kaine touts his Catholic pro-life beliefs but dodged a question about supporting legislation that would protect infants who survive abortion.

The Virginia Democrat acknowledged that the proposed Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act applies to abortion survivors, but told a constituent that he would not support any efforts to weaken Roe v. Wade, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

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“This bill would establish new requirements for health care practitioners in the case of a fetus who survives an abortion,” he said in letter, referring to the bill sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse in the wake of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s controversial comments that babies who survived being aborted would be “kept comfortable,” but not receive care without the mother’s consent.

“I support the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions. For that reason, I oppose efforts to weaken the basic holding of Roe v. Wade,” Kaine said. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable,” he said. “The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Kaine’s remarks come as the abortion debate has heated up, with Northam’s comments, his state’s attempt to pass a controversial abortion bill and the shocking celebration in New York’s state legislature when that state approved the killing of unborn babies until the moment of birth.

The Vermont House gave women the right to have elective abortions up until birth last week, further eroding the rights of the unborn, even as the left in Hollywood seek to control the narrative by slapping an R rating on an upcoming pro-life film. “Unplanned.”

Kaine “supports the existing abortion law in Virginia,” a staffer for the Democrat told the Washington Free Beacon, explaining that the lawmaker had not yet read or stated his official position on the bill. A Republican Senate staffer described Kaine’s remarks to the publication as “next-level spin.”

“All the bill does is make sure that a baby gets medical care when they’re born. Even Senator Kaine’s letter doesn’t deny that, and it’s not really clear how he’s going to vote because the bill doesn’t have anything to do with the basic holding of Roe or criminalizing women’s decisions,” the aide said, explaining that moderate Democrats will be needed to get the bill passed through the House.

“This is a gut-check vote for a lot of senators who are being pushed to side against an 80-20 issue just to keep NARAL happy,” the aide said.

“A senator who opposes the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, is voting to allow infanticide, which has no place in a civilized and compassionate society,” Maureen Ferguson, a senior policy advisor with The Catholic Association, said.

A roll-call vote is being called for by the Senate in an effort to get lawmakers to own their decisions, especially the moderates like Kaine. Earlier this month, Sasse challenged his left-leaning colleagues to prove they were against the killing of unborn babies by supporting a bill to protect the voiceless infants, a sentiment shared by an overwhelming majority of Americans.

‘I’m going to ask all 100 senators to come to the floor and be against infanticide. This shouldn’t be complicated,” the Nebraska Republican said. But Democratic obstruction was in full play as Washington Democrat Sen. Patty Murray voted against the unanimous consent on the bill.

“Over the past week, we have witnessed the absolutely ugly truth about the far-reaching grasp of the abortion industry and its increasingly radicalized political agenda,” Republican Sen. Joni Ernst reacted.

As Sasse presses for the issue to be brought to a vote, the divide between the pro-life and pro-abortion advocates couldn’t be more obvious, as is evident in the push to limit viewers of the real-life story in “Unplanned,” which tells the story of the about-face by a former Planned Parenthood clinic director.

“This story needs to be told and the message needed to be delivered,” Pure Flix president Michael Scott told Fox News. “It is our calling as Christians to tell the story about the moral implications of abortion that the mainstream media refuses to acknowledge.”

“What a shame that some might be blocked by an R-rating from getting the truth. I hope millions of Americans will ignore this attempt at moviegoer suppression and flood the box office on opening day,” Mike Lindell, the inventor and CEO of MyPillow, said.

Watch the trailer for “Unplanned “below:

 

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