AUSTIN, July 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – On Thursday, Texas' Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law requiring life-saving treatment for infants born alive after failed abortions, a basic legal protection the U.S. House of Representatives still refuses to emulate.
House Bill 16 requires that for any child born alive after an attempted abortion, doctors “must exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious physician would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” specifically including “immediate” transfer to a hospital.
Women seeking abortions can’t be punished under the law, but physicians who violate it would be subject to fines starting at $100,000.
Abbott shared a video of the signing ceremony online Thursday, contrasting Texas with states such as New York and Virginia whose leaders have embraced effectively-unlimited abortion:
In some states leaders support abortion until the last minute of pregnancy — even after a child is born.
Not in Texas.
I formally signed the Born Alive Act to make it illegal to kill a child who survives an abortion.
It also ensures the baby receives needed medical care. pic.twitter.com/NOMzs6xxsK
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 18, 2019
Abortion defenders insist abortionists never leave born-alive infants to die, but abortionists have been filmed admitting they would do so, as happened in a 2018 Ohio case highlighted by the pro-life group Created Equal.
Current federal law lacks specific criminal penalties for withholding treatment from a newborn after a failed abortion, yet Townhall notes that House Democrats have blocked a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act more than 70 times so far in the current session.