On Monday, the U.S. Senate shockingly failed to pass legislation that would have extended protections for children born as a result of a botched abortion.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), would have required children born after a failed abortion to be granted the exact same legal rights as any other patient in the care of a hospital. Current United States law via the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act already protects babies born alive after an abortion. Sasse's bill simply sought to extend patients' rights.
Led by Democrats — including a handful who are running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and nearly a dozen Catholics — the bill failed by a vote of 53-44. The legislation needed 60 votes to end debate.
Before the vote, Democrats condemned the legislation.
Conservative politicians should not be telling doctors how they should care for their patients. Instead, women - in… https://t.co/I8476tFzq8— Senator Mazie Hirono (@Senator Mazie Hirono) 1551132515.0
. @SenDuckworth: "The goal here is obvious: to bully doctors out of giving reproductive care, to scare them out of… https://t.co/Wos3PU9A1X— Center for Reproductive Rights (@Center for Reproductive Rights) 1551136318.0
But such a posture is the height of hypocrisy. Democrats opposed the bill only because it was politically expedient to do so. Does anyone who is not a sociopath really believe that babies born after a botched abortion do not deserve the same legal rights you and I have?
But it's more than that.
Democrats and individuals who are generally pro-abortion often criticize the pro-life crowd as hypocrites. They claim pro-lifers care about individuals only up to their birth, yet do not advocate on their behalf once they are born. And while there may be some truth to this claim in some — albeit, extremely small — political circles, the truth is that genuine hypocrisy falls on the shoulders of the progressive lobby.
The same politicians who defend a woman's right to abort a baby with minimal regulations are almost always the politicians who push gun control. Shockingly, these politicians overwhelmingly have a "D" behind their name.
"If it saves one life — then it's worth it," these politicians say as they preach for gun control after shooting massacres.
However, if this is the bar moral legislation must hurdle, and if the standard Democrats apply to gun massacres is not merely politically advantageous, then that leaves one major question unanswered.
If passing Sasse's bill would save just one life, isn't it worth it?