Earlier this week, when the United States Senate voted to stop a filibuster that was blocking bringing to the floor legislation that would ensure all infants surviving abortion would be treated as precious children, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina was just getting to Washington after a very frustrating flight delay.
Even more frustrating was the way the legislation died given that he would have been a yea vote for bringing it to the floor.
In an impassioned speech from the Senate floor, Senator Scott explains why the legislation is common sense and should be the law of the land.
This is common sense. This is human decency. This is not an issue of being pro-life or pro-choice. This is being pro-child – which we all should be. #BornAliveAbortionSurvivorsProtectionAct pic.twitter.com/M5Gvn1Ve0K
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) February 26, 2019
“There is nothing to debate regarding the sanctity of born children,” Scott said, adding, “We’ve all come to the same conclusion, and that is that a child born deserves to live. This is a place of universal agreement.”
“Each child born, no matter your state, no matter your challenges: you have an intrinsic value,” concluded the senator.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would amend the criminal code to “prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”
“If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws,” the legislation states.
“Any infant born alive after an abortion or within a hospital, clinic, or other facility has the same claim to the protection of the law that would arise for any newborn, or for any person who comes to a hospital, clinic, or other facility for screening and treatment or otherwise becomes a patient within its care,” it states.
And just in case the Senators representing citizens are not aware of their constituents’ sentiments on the topic, a new poll is out on the question of the sanctity of life.
A mid-February poll found that for the first time in 10 years, the percentage of Americans who were pro-life had risen to tie the percentage of Americans who were pro-choice.
The results of the Marist poll, which is sponsored and funded in partnership with The Knights of Columbus, showed a stunning show of growth for the pro-life movement, as a January Marist poll found pro-choicers with a huge edge: 55% to 38%.
Barbara Carvalho, director of The Marist Poll, noting that the enormous shift toward a pro-life position was led by Democrats and people under the age of 45, asserted, “Current proposals that promote late-term abortion have reset the landscape and language on abortion in a pronounced – and very measurable – way. The recent legal changes to late-term abortion and the debate which followed have not gone unnoticed by the general public. In just one month, there has been a significant increase in the proportion of Americans who see themselves as pro-life and an equally notable decline in those who describe themselves as pro-choice.”
Democrats soared from 20% being pro-life in the January poll to 34% in February. The gap among younger Americans closed powerfully; in January 65% identified themselves as pro-choice with 28% identifying as pro-life, but in February 47% of them identified as pro-life and 48% identified as pro-choice.
This is simply one battle within the war between death and life, but it is a significant one. The mask is being ripped away from the “pro-choice” proponents, and the people are noticing.