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Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and Meghan McCain are Shams, Fake NEWS and Divisive 2020 Tactics

TERRIBLE!!!! Shame on The View for allowing the atrocious temper tantrum of Meghan McCain today. On a topic of late term abortion that is so IMPORTANT, the way she completely spoke over Sunny Hostin, and was completely disrespectful and hysterical was dangerous and facilitated the perpetuation of fake news and FALSE narratives!!!!

Meghan hijacked a conversation about AOC and the Green New Deal, and was raring at the bit to use it as her segue which made no sense! She was a foaming rabid animal. If you want to talk about late term abortion FINE. BUT do not slip it in, in a flippant way and then not allow for real time to discuss it. THATS DANGEROUS!

I’m so glad Joy Behar was able to intervene after commercial break and allow Sunny to lay out the real facts of the “The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act”. At least enough so in her allotted 1 minute of extra time. Please take a moment to read this article so you can ARM YOURSELF WITH THE REAL FACTS OF THE BILL AND CONTROVERSY!

There are 2 really good articles on this topic that present the facts. Anything else from the far right is hysterical, false and twists the facts. Vox goes to great lengths to give a well rounded education on the bill and the background and controversy.  The Washington Post also provides similar information. Im quoting from both articles, and pulling out the most important highlights below with my commentary in bold italics…

“The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), that fell short of the 60 votes it needed to move forward, with 53 senators voting in support of the measure and 44 voting against.“

“By putting up the bill despite its poor chances of passing, Sasse and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were focusing attention on an aspect of the abortion debate they may see as a wedge issue for some voters: abortions very late in pregnancy.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is coming up now in part because of controversy over a Virginia abortion bill.

The issue came to the fore earlier this year when Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran said in a committee hearing that a bill she was sponsoring would technically allow abortion when a woman was showing signs of labor. She later said she had misspoken, but video of the hearing went viral, and the controversy grew when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam made confusing comments in support of the bill that some took as an endorsement of infanticide. You can read a summary of that controvery here

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (the new bill that was voted on 2/25/19) would have required doctors to provide the same care for a baby born alive after a failed attempt at abortion as they would for any child of the same gestational age. After providing appropriate care, they would be required to ensure that the baby “is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.”

(As Sunny noted that was one of the points that Democrats took issue with-being immediately transported may go against what’s best for the child and against ASR’s advice. So now Republican lawmakers are saying they know what’s best? More than doctors?)

“Doctors who failed to comply with the requirements would face a fine and up to five years in prison.” (This may lead doctors to not want to even get involved for fear for jail…thus making abortion care even more restrictive)

“On Monday, all Republicans present voted in favor of a procedural motion on the bill, according to the Washington Post. They were joined by three Democrats — Bob Casey (PA), Joe Manchin (WV), and Doug Jones (AL). All other Democrats present voted against the motion, enough to block consideration of the bill. (Remember their names…we already know Manchins days are numbered)

Sasse said in a speech to the Senate on February 4 that Northam had “endorsed infanticide.” The governor “tarnished the American idea of equality under law, he betrayed the universal truth of human dignity, and he turned the stomachs of civilized people not just in this country but in every country on earth,” Sasse said.

“The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act prohibits exactly the kind of infanticide that Gov. Northam was endorsing,” he added. “That’s what the legislation is about.”

“Several medical groups, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Women’s Association and the American Public Health Association, also have publicly opposed the bill, saying in a recent letter to senators that it “represents a dangerous government intrusion into private health-care decisions.”

“This legislation is based on lies and a misinformation campaign, aimed at shaming women and criminalizing doctors for a practice that doesn’t exist in medicine or reality,” said Dr. Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a statement to Vox. Brandi, of Physicians for Reproductive Health, said she had never heard of a case of a child born after a failed abortion attempt. “This is a part of the false narrative around this bill and abortion later in pregnancy,” she said. (BEWARE OF FAKE NEWS PLAYING ON YOUR EMOTIONS, and low blow trigger words like INFANTICIDE!!!)

Even if a child were to be born after an abortion attempt, she said, laws already exist to protect the baby. (REPEAT- we ALREADY HAVE THIS LAW) In 2002, Congress passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which guaranteed to infants born at any stage of development full legal rights. That bill, which passed with bipartisan support, did not include criminal penalties for doctors and did not impose specific requirements on medical care.

Sasse’s bill, Brandi said, “is a stark departure from the 2002 law as it singles out abortion and applies strict new requirements on abortion providers only, with the intent to malign and threaten abortion providers.”

Brandi and others were concerned that the threat of fines and imprisonment could hamper providers’ ability to practice. Some critics of the bill believed its language — especially the requirement that doctors “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence” in caring for a child born after a failed abortion as they would in caring for any other child — was so vague that it could leave doctors vulnerable to lawsuits. *******(this is extremely important and dangerous for women’s health)****

The bill may also be part of a larger strategy by Republicans of focusing on very late abortions in order to drum up support among social conservatives. 🚨🚨🚨

“Abortions in the third trimester are very rare — just 1.4 percent of all abortions take place at 21 weeks or beyond, according to Planned Parenthood. The situation described in the Virginia committee hearing simply doesn’t come up, Brandi said — “patients do not request abortion when they are in labor and doctors do not provide it.” But Northam’s comments gave Trump and other Republicans an opening to draw attention to very late abortion procedures with emotionally charged language about babies being executed.” (PLEASE READ THIS PARAGRAPH AGAIN- you need to truly understand that the small % of abortions that exist “later term (after 21 weeks) is INFINTISMAL and I would be willing to wager is almost always due to terminations for medical reasons, like fetal anomalies, incompatible with life diagnosis and maternal health, doctors are NOT providing abortions in the 3rd trimester JUST CAUSE a women is lazy and changes her mind. Get real!!!)

“With a potential challenge to Roe v. Wade on the horizon, Republicans may see a benefit to reminding voters of their party’s anti-abortion bona fides, even if their efforts don’t change any laws in the short term.” (Sneaky and dishonest- but that’s Mitch McConnell and his evil Republican Cohorts- they will stop at nothing to win and chip away at Womens rights to make decisions aboutn their bodies and their future families)

“The Republican push to pass these bills follows efforts in New York and Virginia to roll back restrictions surrounding late-term abortions, which represent a small minority of hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in the United States each year. Those abortions, experts say, typically are prompted by concerns for the mother’s health or fetal abnormalities.” (Thankfully we have Democratic States that are proactively making sure their states are a safe haven for Women’s Reproductive health in case of Roe being overturned. Women will always find a way to have an abortion, but they may not have access to safe and legal Abortion. We need to protect women’s rights NOW!!!)

So once again to reiterate…the REASON that all but 3 Democrats voted NO against this bill was NOT because the support infanticide, its because they argued that the bill represented an unjustified attack on abortion rights, preventing doctors from exercising their best medical judgment and exposing them to possible lawsuits or prosecution and furthermore infanticide is already illegal and argue that Sasse’s bill is actually meant to dissuade doctors from performing late-term abortions in the first place. Senator Patty Murray explained it best “clearly anti-doctor, anti-woman and anti-family. It has no place becoming law. Its proponents claim it would make something illegal that is already illegal,” Murray said on the Senate floor. She added that the legislation would “do nothing except help Republicans advance their goal of denying women their constitutionally protected rights.”

This article by CBS literally took my breath away to think how serious these times are for Women.  “Arkansas became the fifth state to preemptively outlaw abortion this week, preparing for a day when Roe v. Wade could be overturned, and the laws on abortion access get kicked back to the states. Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota have already passed similar laws. Four more states — Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee — have such legislation, dubbed “trigger” laws, in the pipeline.

“What trigger laws do is that they make it clear that the state will ban abortion the moment that Roe is overturned,” said Andrea Miller, the president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, in a telephone interview with CBS News.”

Its mind boggling to me that we even have Governors like Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) of Arkansas that have the audacity to use these reasonings to outlaw all abortions INCLUDING RAPE AND INCEST! “The Arkansas bill before the governor only makes exceptions for life endangerment. When asked by her colleague about why it doesn’t include rape/incest exceptions, Bentley said survivors can always use the morning-after pill. When asked about the lack of exceptions for lethal fetal anomalies, she said “sometimes those babies will make it.”

I am so proud to have worked side by side with Planned Parenthood and tireless Womens Rights Activists to, not only flip the New York State Senate blue, but to be there the day Governor Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act into law.

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Governor Cuomo said. “Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion. With the signing of this bill, we are sending a clear message that whatever happens in Washington, women in New York will always have the fundamental right to control their own body.” The Reproductive Health Act amends the public health law, de-criminalizing women’s access to abortions and protecting the doctors who perform them. Thankfully NY is lead by these amazing legislative advocates for women and i am so proud to have been there to see their hard won victory!!!

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “New York once led the way on choice and women’s rights. Unfortunately for years, barriers to women’s rights were put up, and our state has fallen behind. Today, we are tearing those barriers down and we are now leading the way again. I commend Governor Cuomo, my colleague Speaker Heastie, and both bill sponsors Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick for taking historic action and leading New York State forward in the fight for women’s rights. It is time for New York to again serve as a progressive beacon to the nation.” Senator Liz Krueger said, “The decision about whether to have an abortion is deeply personal. It involves a complex weighing of a woman’s unique circumstances, her medical needs, her private morality, and her own body. That is why it is a decision that must be made by a woman and her healthcare provider alone – not by the government. Our abortion laws, once groundbreaking, are now almost fifty years old. They do not meet the standard set by Roe v Wade, and they do not reflect modern medical practice. We will never know how many New York women have suffered and even died because our outdated laws prevented them from getting the care they desperately needed. Today we turn the page. By enacting the RHA, New York will once again lead the nation on women’s reproductive healthcare, and help ensure that all New Yorkers have the freedom and opportunity to make their own decisions about their health and their families.”

THE TIME IS NOW TO ACT…BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. NEVER JUDGE…you never know where life may take you. You never know if you, or someone you know, a family member, friends, sister, daughter, granddaughter, cousin etc may find themselves faced with the unthinkable choice if having to an a much wanted and much loved pregnancy. 

 

 

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