Earlier this week, 44 Senate Democrats, including all six leftist senators running for president in 2020, voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act introduced by Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb.
Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., all voted against requiring doctors to save and care for a new baby born after an attempted abortion. Trump should hang this heinous vote around their necks at every campaign stop from now till Election Day.
Abortion was already a key election issue during the 2016 election, but after the third and final debate between then-candidates Trump and Hillary Clinton, Clinton’s extreme stance on late-term abortion put the subject at the top of the list. In fact, it was the top candidate-related Google search on Election Day.
A majority of Americans disagree with the position that all but three Senate Democrats took in this vote. In fact, most Americans think that abortion should be limited to the first trimester of pregnancy, and that includes a majority of folks who consider themselves “pro-choice.”
Given that Donald Trump’s pro-life positions drove a substantial portion of his voters to the polls back in 2016, when the controversy about his opponent’s position was only about late-term abortion, imagine what his numbers could look like if he’s up against a Democrat who voted against banning outright infanticide.
Sure, they could make the claim – as Planned Parenthood has – that this would somehow have restricted abortion access, which is nonsensical since the bill’s text places no limits on when a an abortion may be performed or what kind of procedure could be used.
They could claim – as Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., did before the vote – that the bill would have criminalized doctors who do not go to extraordinary lengths to save babies who were “non-viable” to begin with or that mothers would be put in danger. But the bill simply and unequivocally states that doctors should give the same reasonable standard of care to babies born alive as they would to any infant needing care.
They could claim – alongside their colleague Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. – that this was a vote to criminalize something that was already illegal. But, as Alexandra DeSanctis points out over at National Review, no law specifically requires care for infants born in the context of abortion. But even if it there were one already, how much sense does it make to signal that you are against further protections for living human babies?
With a Democratic House certain to keep any pro-life legislation from making it to the president’s desk, the best hope for this week’s Senate vote was to find out where everyone in the upper chamber stands on the issue of infanticide.
Now that these 2020 candidates have made it clear that they have no intention of banning infanticide in America, the Trump campaign must never let voters forget it from here till November 2020. Then it will be up to voters.