When Pope Francis told members of Congress that it is important to protect human life at every stage of development, 177 House Democrats could have cared less — they all voted against H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act by Congressman Trent Franks, R-Ariz.
The bill states that intentionally killing a baby who survives an abortion is murder. If any of them dared join in the standing ovation prompted by the Pope’s comments, they are the worst kind of hypocrites.
Specifically, the bill provides that if an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant:
- Is a legal person under the laws of the United States and entitled to all the protection of its laws.
- Has the same claim to the protection of the law that would arise for any newborn.
- Healthcare practitioners are required to exercise such standard of care and skill to “preserve the life and health of the child” as would be given to a child born alive “at the same gestational age.”