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Why Senators Couldn’t Give A Straight Answer to This Simple Question

By Maureen Collins posted on:
March 2, 2020

What is a “fetus that was born”?

It’s certainly an odd question to ask.

We should be asking who is a “fetus that was born”? And we could answer that pretty simply. A fetus that is born is you, me, and every human person alive today. Because if I have my science right, and I think I do, we all started out in our mother’s womb and were born.

But CNN used this phrase in a recent report to obscure a pretty clear-cut debate.

The debate was over Senator Ben Sasse’s (R-NE) Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This bill wouldn’t create any new restrictions on abortion. It would only require that babies born alive during an attempted abortion be given the same medical care as any other baby born at the same gestational age.

The debate is pretty straightforward: should any baby born alive be helped, or left to die? Does a baby have less inalienable rights than any other living person simply because its mother wanted an abortion?

Unfortunately, some in the news media, like CNN, continued to muddle the facts of this bill instead of focusing on the actual question at hand. Even The New York Times published an article that misrepresented key facts.

And more disappointingly, many senators chose to release statements which do not address the contents of the bill. In the end, an astounding 41 senators voted on February 25 to block the bill through filibuster, not even allowing the full Senate an opportunity to take a final vote!

Sen. Sasse gave a fiery speech afterward where he took to task those who wanted to complicate this simple debate:

This should be a 100-0 no-brainer. This bill is not about Roe v. Wade. This bill will not change one word of abortion law in the United States. And my colleagues can vote up or down, but they can’t pretend that they don’t know the stakes of what we're talking about. 

You may recall that last year, Sen. Sasse introduced a similar bill. It was also defeated.

So why the double-speak and obfuscation from the pro-choice movement? Well, probably because they know that a simple honest answer would poke a giant hole in their worldview.

Because if a baby born alive deserves medical attention, what about the baby alive in the womb? If we’re all just “fetuses that were born,” then why should we treat fetuses that have yet to be born any differently?

We who believe in the sanctity of life know the answer: babies in the womb are human and deserve the same protections of their rights – of their lives – as we do. That’s why abortion is as grave an injustice as infanticide. And why those who promote legal abortion can’t give a straight answer to a simple question.


Maureen Collins

Maureen Collins

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Maureen has a passion for writing and her work has appeared on The Federalist.


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