On Thursday, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott made it illegal to kill a child that survives an abortion attempt—a decision that flies in the face of several blue states, like Virginia, that claims a decision to abort can occur even after the child has been born.
“In some states, leaders support abortion until the last minute of pregnancy — even after a child is born. Not in Texas,” Abbott tweeted alongside a video of him signing the legislation into law. “I formally signed the Born Alive Act to make it illegal to kill a child who survives an abortion. It also ensures the baby receives needed medical care.”
In some states leaders support abortion until the last minute of pregnancy — even after a child is born.
Not in Texas.
I formally signed the Born Alive Act to make it illegal to kill a child who survives an abortion.
It also ensures the baby receives needed medical care. pic.twitter.com/NOMzs6xxsK
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 18, 2019
“Thank you,” Republican Congressman Steve Scalise tweeted in response to the governor.
“Absolutely no reason Congress shouldn’t act swiftly to outlaw infanticide nationwide. Yet House Democrats keep blocking the Republican bill to protect newborns who survive abortions—74 times now,” the Louisiana congressman continued. “This shouldn’t even be a debate.”
Thank you, @GregAbbott_TX! Absolutely no reason Congress shouldn't act swiftly to outlaw infanticide nationwide. Yet House Democrats keep blocking the Republican bill to protect newborns who survive abortions—74 times now. This shouldn't even be a debate. https://t.co/o06ST4DRsF
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 18, 2019
“Thank you,” evangelical leader Franklin Graham echoed.
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) July 19, 2019
Several others expressed support for the governor for taking a stand for life.
Life News reports:
Texas House Bill 16, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Jeff Leach, requires abortion practitioners to provide basic medical care to infants who survive abortions. It allows third-degree felony charges and a fine of up to $100,000 for violations.
“We’re drawing a line in the sand,” Leach said, according to the Texas Tribune. “We’re proclaiming clearly and loudly together that a baby who survives an abortion deserves the full protection of the law and the highest standard of medical care.”
The legislation passed the state Senate by 21-10 in May with bipartisan support, and the state House by 93-1 with 50 abstentions in April.
Pro-abortion Democrats slammed the bill as a waste of time, and delayed a hearing where several abortion survivors were scheduled to speak.
More than a dozen states do not have laws requiring medical care for babies born alive after botched abortions, according to research by Americans United for Life. This year, Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina and Wisconsin lawmakers also advanced legislation to protect newborns from infanticide, but Democrat governors in Montana and North Carolina vetoed the bills and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has threatened to veto the bill in his state.
The bills are similar to federal legislation that pro-abortion Democrats are blocking in the U.S. House and Senate. The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires abortionists to provide the same level of medical care to an infant who survives an abortion as a doctor would to any other baby at the same stage of life.
Some states never have passed laws to protect abortion survivors, while Illinois and New York recently repealed their laws requiring medical care for infants who survive abortions.