Where Do 2020 Democrats Stand on Infanticide?
Last week, the abortion debate broke wide open following radical abortion bills in New York and Virginia, and Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.)'s remarks supporting infanticide. On Monday, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) requested a unanimous voice vote for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, since all right-thinking Americans should defend babies born alive. Democrats blocked the bill. Since the 2020 Democratic presidential primary has already begun, candidates vying to lead the party should make their positions on infanticide clear.
Notably, Sasse shamed the four 2020 Democratic candidates in the Senate, quoting their soaring campaign rhetoric about helping the helpless and giving opportunity to everyone.
"One hundred United States senators are going to have an opportunity to unanimously say the most basic thing imaginable: and that is that it’s wrong to kill a little newborn baby," Sasse declared on Monday. "Politicians come to this floor every single day and talk about how they care for the poorest, or the weakest, or the most marginalized members of our society."
He quoted Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.): "The people in our society who are most often targeted by predators are also most often the voiceless and vulnerable." Sasse replied: "Amen to that."
The senator next quoted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who said he seeks to "build a country where no one is forgotten, and no one is left behind." To this, Sasse again said, "Amen to that."
Next came Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). "No matter where you live in America ... no matter where you live in America, you deserve a path to opportunity," Warren had declared. Again Sasse repeated, "Amen to that."
Finally, he quoted Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who said she would "fight for other people's kids as hard as I would fight for my own." One last time, he said, "And yet again, amen."
"But, sadly, in the last week, these beautiful and inspiring words have been choked out by ugliness and the cruelty from another public official," Sasse declared.
He referenced Gov. Northam's remarks last Wednesday. Northam had responded to the public outcry over a radical abortion bill he supported. Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Springfield) had testified that under the new bill, abortion would be legal until the beginning of labor so long as one doctor — even just the abortionist — testified that carrying the baby to term would damage a woman's life or health.
Under current Virginia law, late-term abortions require the approval of three doctors who must certify that the pregnancy would "substantially and irremediably" damage the woman's life or health. Tran's bill would strike the "substantially and irremediably" language.