West Virginia Senate votes to ban killing babies born alive during abortions
CHARLESTON, West Virginia, February 12, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The West Virginia Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass legislation banning the killing of infants who survive attempted abortions, while such legislation remains stalled nationally.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires abortionists to administer basic medical treatment to children delivered alive after failed abortions, the Associated Press reports. Violators would face discipline from their medical licensing board, up to and including potential revocation of their license.
The measure passed the state House last month, and now returns to the House to reconcile lingering differences between the text of both versions. West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice said Monday he “will proudly sign this bill into law when it comes to my desk because every human life – born and unborn – is precious and a gift from God.”
“Once again West Virginia legislators have shown overwhelming bipartisan support of a simple, compassionate, commonsense bill to protect babies in the Mountain State who might survive abortions,” West Virginians for Life legislative coordinator Karen Cross said in response to the news.
Abortion defenders have attepted to discredit born-alive laws by arguing that infanticide is a myth, and that existing laws already suffice to deter it. In fact, several former abortion industry insiders and policy scholars have told Congress that many cases of infanticide are not captured by the official numbers.
“There have been many cases and multiple witnesses who have come forward and admitted that they saw babies either actively or passively killed after they survived an abortion,” retired OB/GYN and former abortionist Dr. Kathi Aultman testified last September. “In Florida, a woman who had laminaria placed in her cervix to dilate it returned for her procedure, but the doctor was late, and she delivered a live baby girl at 23 weeks. A clinic owner with no medical experience snipped the cord and placed the still living baby and the placenta in a biohazard bag. The remains were found by police a week later after several calls from an informer.”
Regardless of how frequently babies survive abortions, the fact remains that even PolitiFact has acknowleged that the existing federal laws on the subject, the Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act of 1974 and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002, do not contain specific criminal penalties for withholding medical treatment from newborns.