The Democratic Governor Roy Cooper had vetoed a bill making infanticide illegal but the legislature overrode his veto. The “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” Senate Bill 359, will now become law and any baby that is born alive must get treatment the same as any other child.
To me, this is a common sense law that every state should adopt. This explodes the myth that abortion-friendly groups put out that abortions are to save the life of the mother. It is to assure the death of the child. The argument has been when does a baby become a baby?
But, if a baby is born and breathing, there should be no doubt.
The “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” Senate Bill 359, is meant to protect newborn babies who survived abortion from potential murder or neglect and requires health care providers present give those babies the same treatment provided “to any child born alive at the same gestational age.”
The bill would also make “any person who intentionally performs or attempts to perform an overt act that kills a child born alive punishable for murder” under state law.
Cooper vetoed the bill last month, saying the extra legal protection for newborns is unnecessary, according to The News & Observer.
“Laws already protect newborn babies and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients,” Cooper said in his veto message, the News & Observer reported.
“This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist.”
But as some Republican senators pointed out throughout the debate over the bill, extra protection for newborns isn’t “unnecessary” or “needless.”
If the bill is unnecessary, why would the governor fight against it? Because it’s about the right to kill and that violates the constitution which guarantees life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.