Colorado House Committee Rejects Medical Care For Abortion Survivors

Brenna Lewis - 17 Feb 2020

A Colorado House committee voted last week against requiring doctors to provide medical care for babies born alive after abortion. It comes at the same time that Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) led a Senate committee hearing on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protect Act.

Fox News reports, “House Bill 1068 threatened $100,000 fines for physicians who fail to ‘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.” It also required that any born-alive child be immediately transferred to a hospital.'”

However, pro-choice Democrats all voted no on the legislation, with one claiming that it could threaten access to abortion in the state. Chris Kennedy, a Democrat from Lakewood, stated, “I do believe the effect of this bill to create a new felony for this kind of action would have the effect of limiting access to abortion in this state.”

This views that babies who are born alive after an abortion are not worthy of protection, or that protecting babies who survive an abortion would somehow threaten access to abortion is not just heard in Colorado; it’s been heard on college campuses.

Last year, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, spoke at Boston College. She challenged a student on the consistency of her philosophy, and asked her if a baby who survives an abortion is entitled to the same medical care as a baby who is born at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The student declared that it is ‘not a baby.’

Watch the video here.

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