The day after Senate Democrats blocked a bill designed to protect babies born alive from botched abortion, Republican Sen. Tim Scott (SC) took to the Senate floor to address his Democrat counterparts about the intrinsic value of every child’s life.
"We are a nation that must continue to value life, and for some reason, somehow, this body missed that opportunity to reinforce that value system before the American public, to say each child born, no matter your state, no matter your challenges: you have an intrinsic value," said Scott.
The senator opened his remarks by explaining that he missed the vote on Republican Sen. Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act by four minutes due to a flight delay, which he found "quite frustrating."
"But what’s frustrating even more than that," Scott said, "is that, in a nation of good conscious, that we would be debating, having a conversation about, a child who was born — sitting there: alive — separated from her mother. And that there would be a question of whether or not that child should be able to continue to live."
Scott noted that the issues of late-term abortions and infanticide were recently raised in New York and Virginia. Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) recently signed a bill to allow abortion up to the moment of birth for virtually any reason. In Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam (D) endorsed infanticide during a radio interview, again under the guise of feminism.
"This is an issue that has raised by comments coming out of New York, and more recently comments coming out of Virginia, when the governor, who happens to be, from my understand, a pediatric surgeon, suggested that it is okay to allow that child to die," Scott said.
"I cannot imagine, whether you pro-life like I am, or you are pro-choice like others, that this would even be an issue of debate or discussion within the two sides. There is no side on this topic. There cannot be a side about life separated from the mother, whether or not that life should continue to live. This is common sense. This is human decency. This is not an issue of being pro-life, or pro-choice, this is being pro-child, which we all should be," he continued.
Scott said there is no gray area when he speaks to Americans across the country from both sides of the aisle, from all demographics, regarding the value of children.
"There was no disagreement on the issue of infanticide," he said of the folks attending a Black History Month event in South Carolina. "There was no disagreement, whatsoever. ... The one thing in common was the value of life."
"There is nothing to debate regarding the sanctity of born children," Scott said, adding, "We’ve all come to the same conclusion, and that is that a child born deserves to live. This is a place of universal agreement."
"Each child born, no matter your state, no matter your challenges: you have an intrinsic value," concluded the senator.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would amend the criminal code to "prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion."
"If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws," the legislation states.
"Any infant born alive after an abortion or within a hospital, clinic, or other facility has the same claim to the protection of the law that would arise for any newborn, or for any person who comes to a hospital, clinic, or other facility for screening and treatment or otherwise becomes a patient within its care," it states.