There aren't a lot of things Democrats haven't wanted the government to control. The decision to save an innocent newborn may actually be the first. In the two months since New York celebrated legal infanticide like it won the Super Bowl, Americans have seen a lot of contradictions from the left. And Senator Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) recent comments make it quite clear: the party isn't interested in consistency any time soon.
On Tuesday, CNSNews.com caught up with the Senate Minority Leader and asked him whether leaving babies to die on a hospital table was actually infanticide. “You know,” Schumer said, “this issue has been brought up over and over again. It's bogus in terms of how our Republican friends are interpreting this.” Bogus? Try telling that to abortion survivor Melissa Ohden, who was on the Hill that same day to share her story – and the story of at least 281 other people whose lives were almost ended because of the radical position Democrats support.
“Infanticide is against the law,” Schumer went on, “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.” Turns out, Schumer's response is only half-true. As Alexandra Desanctis points out in NRO, leaving babies alone to die is legal in almost half of the country. “As of 2016, only 26 states have laws creating a specific affirmative duty for physicians to provide medical care to infants born in botched abortions, and only six states even required that abortion providers report instances of infants born alive under such circumstances.” And even if it were illegal in the other 24, what's the harm in reaffirming it? There's no one-vote limit on doing the right thing.
Everyone should be able to say that killing an innocent child is wrong. And until the steps are taken to stop it, FRC will fight to protect every life at every stage. You can join us by supporting our End Birth Day Abortion campaign. For $9, you can join the tens of thousands of Americans who are sending a newborn hat – and a message – that every child is worth welcoming into the world and defending in law.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.
Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by the Family Research Council.