Schumer: ‘A Woman Has a Right to Decide What is Her Choice…Before That Moment Before the Child Is Born’

Alex Madajian | April 9, 2019 | 5:22pm EDT
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( -- When asked if a baby that survives an abortion but is left to die unattended on a hospital table constitutes infanticide, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said infanticide is illegal but a woman can choose abortion with her doctor “before that moment before the child is born.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, asked Senator Schumer, “The Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act says that a baby who survives an abortion must receive immediate medical care and be admitted to a hospital. Do you believe that denying such care constitutes infanticide?”

Schumer said, “You know, this issue has been brought up over and over again. It’s bogus in terms of how our Republican friends are interpreting this.”

“Infanticide is against the law, and a woman has a right to decide what is her choice with her doctor before that moment before the child is born.  So, this is all — again — fear-mongering and falsification of what is happening.  Infanticide is already illegal.”

Earlier on Tuesday, when Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was asked the same question, he said of Schumer’s home state,  “When you look at what New York ushered in, the law that allows for infanticide – literally, I mean, it’s murder.”

Scalise was referring to pro-abortion bill, the Reproductive Health Act, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) signed into law in January. The legislation allows abortion across the board, even up to the day of birth.

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“Between 2003 and 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 143 cases of infants surviving abortion and acknowledged that the total number was likely underestimated,” reported Melanie Israel, a research associate in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation.

“Florida reported 17 cases of abortion survivals between 2017 and 2018,” said Israel. “Arizona reported 10 cases in 2017. Minnesota reported three cases in 2017. Oklahoma reported at least one case in 2017.

While data is limited because the vast majority of states do not record or publish abortion data, these cases alone confirm that, despite an abortionist’s best efforts, an abortion procedure does not always result in a dead baby,” she said.  “The public record is undeniable: Babies can be born alive after an abortion attempt.”

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