Yesterday Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) blocked the unanimous passage of Senator Ben Sasse’s (R-NE) Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have forced medical staff to provide care to babies born alive during failed abortions.
Senator Sasse had asked the Senate to vote unanimously, a mechanism which would allow the bill to pass the Senate unless an individual senator objects, and individual Senators positions are not recorded. This meant the legislation was blocked as soon as Senator Murray objected. She told the floor:
“This is a gross misinterpretation of the actual language of the bill that is being asked to be considered and, therefore, I object.”
Right after Senator Murray’s objection, Senator Joni Ernst stated that this body “can no longer unanimously condemn murder.” She then went on to say:
“There is nothing great, there is nothing moral, or even humane about the discussion that we have before us today. 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. Politicians have not only defended aborting a child while a woman is in labor, but have gone so far as to support the termination of a child after his or her birth. A child. A baby. Rationality, decency, and basic human compassion have fallen by the wayside.”
Majority leader, Mitch McConnell said the act was “legislation that ought to be the very definition of something that receives unanimous consent in this body.”
This legislation was brought in front of the Senate after the viral video of Virginia Delegate, Kathy Tran, saying that her bill would allow abortion right up to the point where the mother “has physical signs that she is about to give birth.”
This was then made worse by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who made a statement on a radio show saying
“So in this particular example, if the mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen: The infant would be delivered; the infant would be kept comfortable; the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desire, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
He later clarified his statement that this was only in cases such as a non-viable pregnancy, or severe fetal abnormalities but as Senator Sasse pointed out, those comments “turned the stomachs” of people around the world. It will not be up to Majority Leader McConnell on whether to force a roll call vote at a later date to try and pass the legislation.
The sad truth is that since Governor Northam made his comments, an image was found in his yearbook that included blackface and a KKK robe and hood. The Democrats are outraged not by infanticide, but by blackface photos surfacing from 1984. It’s a truly sorry testament to today’s world.