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McConnell challenges Democrats to block ‘born alive’ bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) lent support to legislation being offered by Nebraska GOP colleague Sen. Ben Sasse that would protect babies born alive after a botched abortion by requiring medical care be given them, essentially daring Democrats to oppose it.

“I hope that none of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle invent any reason to block this request later today,” McConnell said. “That would make quite a disturbing statement. If they do inexplicably block Sen. Sasse’s effort, I can assure them this will not be the last time we ensure that all newborns are afforded this fundamental legal protection.”

Sasse is planning to bring up his legislation under rules that allow any fellow member to block its consideration. The measure comes a week after Virginia lawmakers defeated a bill that would allow for abortions late in the third trimester, up to nearly the moment of birth.

The GOP majority is anxious to get Democrats on record opposing the bill, which some likely will while blaming their opposition on some obscure reason.

“It is harrowing that this legislation is even necessary,” McConnell said. “It is even more disturbing that when a Democratic governor was unable to simply state that, of course, these newborn babies have human rights that must be respected.”

Last week Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, during an interview on local radio, appeared to endorse the legislation that was recently defeated.

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    “This morning on WTOP’s ‘Ask The Governor,” Virginia governor Ralph Northam defended the new abortion bill introduced by state Democrats this month, the Repeal Act, which would legalize abortion up to the point of birth,” National Review reported.

    The bill’s chief sponsor is Del. Kathy Tran (D). According to her legislation, if approved and signed into law by Northam, women would be able to receive an abortion up to, but right before, natural full-term delivery.

    The WTOP host asked Northam if he agreed with the language and premise of Tran’s bill.

    “This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved,” Northam said. “When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physician — more than one physician, by the way — and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s non-viable.”

    Those comments earned a rebuke from McConnell on the Senate floor, as well as one from Sasse, who said Northam should “get the hell out of politics” for it.

    “This is morally repugnant,” Sasse said in a statement.

    “In just a few years pro-abortion zealots went from ‘safe, legal, and rare’ to ‘keep the newborns comfortable while the doctor debates infanticide,’” Sasse continued.

    “I don’t care what party you’re from — if you can’t say that it’s wrong to leave babies to die after birth, get the hell out of public office.”

    Northam has since come under fire from Democrats and Republicans over a racist photo published in his 1984 medical school yearbook. The photo, which was featured on his personal page, showed one person in blackface and another dressed in a KKK robe and hood.

    Northam has resisted calls to resign, saying he doesn’t believe either person in the photo is him.

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  • 4 Comments on McConnell challenges Democrats to block ‘born alive’ bill

    1. Just think of the DemocRATic party as the Party Of Mass Murder (POMM).

    2. the LAWLESS COMMUNIST DEMORATS ARE THE PARTY OF CRIMINALS, ILLEGALS, MUSLIMS, AND MURDER.
      THEY ALL NEED TAKEN DOWN AS THE ENEMY THEY ARE TO LIFE AND OUR GOD GIVEN FREEDOMS.

    3. O.K., I remember listening to an account of a nurse who held a baby in her arms for 8 hours , and by law, was not able to do a thing to save the life of the baby. Because of that instance, G.W. Bush signed into law the Baby Born Alive Protection Act. What happened to that Bill? Barak Obama refused to sign his name to that legislation when he was in the Illinois Senate 3 times.

    4. McConnell and Ryan had 2 years to pass something like this. Now, when it is impossible, Mitch uses it for political points. Mitch’s real agenda is a bill to make it illegal for Trump to declare an emergency order. People have to be quite gullible to not realize that Mitch is going to use the abortion issue as cover for his actions against border security.

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