Going against some progressive Democrats, Hawaii lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard introduced a new law that would require medical care for babies who survive an abortion or attempted abortion.
H.R.8923 is described as a bill “to ensure a health care practitioner exercises the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”
The bill would amend Title 18 of the United States Code “to ensure a health care practitioner exercises the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”
It is unclear at this time what Tulsi is proposing would be the penalties for health care practitioners who fail at protecting babies who survive an abortion.
Gabbard’s bill has similarities to one Republican Senator Ben Sasse and Rep. Ann Wagner were pushing earlier this year.
Senate and House Democrats shot down the Sasse/Wagner bill arguing that it was similar to the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act of 2002.”
January 29th, 2019 Virginia Governor did an interview with station WTOP on the topic of late-term abortions.
Northam was asked by Julie Carey “There was a very contentious committee hearing yesterday, when Fairfax County delegate Kathy Tran made her case for lifting restrictions on third-trimester abortions as well as other restrictions now in place, and she was pressed by a Republican delegate about whether her bill would permit an abortion even as a woman is essentially dilating, ready to give birth, and she answered that it would permit an abortion at that stage of labor. Do you support her measure? And explain her answer.”
Northam caused a firestorm from his reply.
Northam replied “When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physician, more than one physician, by the way, and it’s done in cases where there are severe deformities, there may be a fetus that is nonviable.”
He continued “so in this particular example, if a mother’s 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 that’s what the mother and family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
He added “So I think this was really blown out of proportion but again, we want the government not to be involved in these types of decisions. We want the decisions to be made by the mothers and the providers, and this is why legislators … most of whom are men, shouldn’t be telling a woman what she should and shouldn’t be doing with her body.”
Report From Feb. 1, 2019: