Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., displayed his values and his integrity on the Senate floor Thursday, and announced that come next week he’ll challenge his fellow lawmakers to do the same.
He intends to introduce the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act of 2019 to the Senate Monday, a bill designed to prohibit infanticide.
What’s more, he intends to pass the measure by unanimous consent, thus daring pro-choice Democrats to publicly display their colors by voting against it.
This comes on the heels of a bill signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week that provided for abortions up to the moment of childbirth, and the introduction Wednesday of a similar measure in Virginia.
When describing the Virginia measure to a radio audience, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam explained, “if the mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen: The infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if this is what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.”
After Sasse reviewed Northam’s explanation he said, "Let’s be clear what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about fourth trimester abortion, or, what anyone in the normal world calls infanticide."
Sasse said that on Monday he intended to implement Senate Rule 14, a process that bypasses the measure being sent to committee, and force a voice vote.
"On Monday evening, I’m going to be asking unanimous consent — for senators to come to the floor," he said. "I’m going to ask all 100 senators to come to the floor and be against infanticide. This shouldn’t be complicated."
It shouldn’t be — but lately it has been.
After Cuomo signed New York’s Reproductive Health Act into law on the 46th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, he ordered the spire of One World Trade Center to be bathed in bright pink "it’s a girl" light.
The Virginia bill was tabled when it failed to receive enough votes to pass. It would have provided that a late-term abortion would be permitted under any of the following conditions:
- A severe fetal abnormality, with no requirement that such impairment be substantial or irremediable
- Danger to mother’s physical health
- Danger to mother’s mental health
Also this week, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that she would sign any bill on her desk that would permit abortions throughout the third trimester.
"Let’s make this the year we codify women’s access to reproductive health care here in Rhode Island," Raimondo said.
Wouldn’t abortion technically be the opposite of “reproductive health”? Incidentally, both Raimondo and Cuomo profess to be Roman Catholics.
In response, actor James Woods tweeted, "I’m from Rhode Island. The only surprise here is that #GinaRaimondo didn’t push for infanticide up to kindergarten."
Sasse also appeared Thursday on “The Daily Briefing” to explain his position to Fox News host Dana Perino.
"What the governor of Virginia said was morally repugnant. This wasn't the old argument 15 or 20 years ago that abortion should be safe, legal and rare," he said.
"If [Northam] can't say protecting a little baby girl who survived an abortion is something that we as a society all believe in together, then he should get the hell out of office," Sasse continued.
He added that the issue "should be much bigger than Republican and Democrat ... and we should all unite to stand with the most vulnerable in our society."
What’s really surprising, however, is that Sasse appears to be the only voice among Congress’ 535 members to actually care.
The fast pace that the state leaders of New York, Virginia, and Rhode Island supported unfettered abortion at any time throughout pregnancy makes it appear to be a recent development. It’s not. Eight states plus one district now provide this.
They are: Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Vermont, along with Washington, D.C.
Within the span of a decade or two our society has gone from "abortions should be safe, legal, and rare" to "abortions should be legal — period."
Any society, no matter how great, that refuses to care for its most vulnerable, is in danger of slipping into extinction. The Roman Empire is historic proof, and we’re standing at the tipping point.
Monday evening Sasse will either bring the rest of the Senate chamber to its senses, or he’ll be the last sane voice in an insane world.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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