In my own State of Washington, two Democrat Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell voted down a bill that would require abortion clinic staff to provide care to babies born alive after abortion.
Is there any end to their callousness? Imagine the scene. A baby meant to be born dead lies on the table, or in a steel dish, and she is breathing and moving her limbs, extending her fingers, curling her toes, the way little babies do. There's consternation in the room...what Melissa Ohden, a survivor of such a scenario, calls 'the dreaded complication' has occurred!
'This baby can live, with help'. thinks the doctor. 'But it mustn't. I'll be charged with wrongful birth. It mustn't even cry! Take it from the room!' he orders a nurse. The nurse sweeps up the baby and goes to a utility room where they normally dispose of remains. The doctor follows soon, after checking that the mother is stable after the procedure. He looks down at the child, squirming, maybe whimpering, her chest heaving up and down, her skin turning blue with cold. So far, this child has not had a tender touch from anybody.
HOW TO FINISH THE JOB HERE? is his dilemma.
Governor Northam of Virginia would favor wrapping the baby up and leaving her to die, having consulted with the parents, who 'own' the child just born. Except that they do not. Nobody owns any other person, in Law.
Or like Dr. Gosnell, he can intervene and finish off the job pronto with a sharp instrument. Or like the infamous Dr. K____, whose staff have testified he uses his hands to strangle liveborns. (on one occasion, a newborn grasped his finger as his hand approached the neck of the child),
Anyway, if Senators Murray and Cantwell get their way, this is what will be legal in my State. Surely we have acheived a state of barbarity, cruelty and horror if they get what they want.