DANIEL VAUGHAN: Incendiary facts on Democrats and infanticide

March 1, 2019

When asked about legislation recently proposed in Virginia that would loosen restrictions on late-term abortion, Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said: “It’s not late-term abortion; it’s murder.”

Liberals haven’t taken kindly to this. Yahoo News’ Alexander Nazaryan, reporting from CPAC, fired back: “She is basically accusing Democrats of killing children. That seems like an incendiary charge.”

But to borrow a line from Ricochet editor Jon Gabriel, it’s not an incendiary charge — it’s an incendiary fact.

The Democratic Party has become the party of infanticide. Democrats in states like New York, Virginia, Rhode Island and on a national level have voted against legislation that would protect living, breathing babies who survive abortions.

Only three Democrats — none of them 2020 presidential contenders — voted for the recently proposed bill: Sens. Joe Manchin (WV), Bob Casey (PA), and Doug Jones (AL). Indeed, Dems aren’t just pro-abortion anymore; they’re endorsing the murder of babies who made it through the birth canal and survived an abortion.

It’s no longer about choice or mothers — it’s about ending a life.

The debate crystallized when Democrats filibustered and blocked Republican Sen. Ben Sasse’s legislation, dubbed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The law was simple, effective, and only a couple of pages long. It had two core findings and purposes:

(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.

Note that this legislation did not address the termination of a pregnancy. The goal is simply to protect a human being who is alive outside of the womb as a result of a botched abortion.

Sen. Sasse (NE) introduced the legislation after Democrats fell in line with Virginia House Delegate Kathy Tran’s extreme position on abortion earlier this year. During a back and forth with the state’s House majority leader, Tran admitted that a bill she proposed would allow abortions to take place during labor “even when a woman is dilating and ‘it’s obvious a woman is about to give birth,'” according to the Washington Post.

In other words, she would allow a child to be killed when the only difference between it and one of the babies wrapped in blankets in the hospital nursery is a trip down the birth canal, drawing an arbitrary line that makes utterly no sense in the context of human development.

This legislation in Virginia also led to the political downfall of the state’s governor, Ralph Northam, who defended Tran’s bill in a radio interview. Northam’s medical school classmates were so appalled by his stance, one of them dropped the tip of his yearbook picture in which he’s alleged to be in either a KKK uniform or blackface.

And you don’t have to take my word that Democrats are extreme on abortion: watch the poll numbers. Marist has been testing the abortion question for a decade. And over the last month, they noticed a startling shift:

The poll found Americans are now as likely to identify as pro-life (47%) as they are pro-choice (47%). Last month, a similar Marist survey found that Americans were more likely to identify as pro-choice than pro-life 55% to 38%, a 17-point gap.

Marist pollsters said it was the first time since 2009 that pro-lifers held an edge in the poll. Generally speaking, Americans consider themselves to be pro-choice as a majority, with several caveats. But extremists in the Democratic Party are shifting the Overton window of the party so far to the extreme that there’s evidence that people view themselves as pro-life in comparison.

This seismic shift is occurring in spite of the mainstream media, who have effectively staged a blackout of abortion stories. CNN, MSNBC, and NBC News all failed to report on the opposition to Sasse’s legislation. Outlets like ABC News that did run the story called Sasse’s proposal an “anti-abortion” bill, a patently false description of the law, which wouldn’t prevent any abortions.

The media blackout on the topic tells us something quite telling about both the media and the left in general: abortion doesn’t mean terminating a pregnancy — it means ending life.

In 2002, Democrats voted unanimously for a similar measure to Sasse’s bill in the Senate. But now that level of common sense is gone from the party.

Rejecting the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection and accepting extreme measures in places like Virginia and New York draws a new line in the debate between pro-life and pro-choice. Democrats are taking an infanticide position, killing children outside the womb.

These aren’t incendiary charges — they’re incendiary facts.

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Daniel Vaughan

Daniel Vaughan is a columnist for the Conservative Institute and lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee. He has degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Regent University School of Law. His work can be found on the Conservative Institute's website, or you can receive his columns and free weekly newsletter at The Beltway Outsiders. Connect with him on Twitter at @dvaughanCI.