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March 18, 2002|
Babies Born Alive Need Protection
A Time for Bush to Speak Out
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
The Constitution of the United States
Amendment XIV, Section 1.
In America, babies who are born alive and are completely separate from their mothers, with a heart that beats and lungs that breath and arms and legs that move, but who were the intended victims of death by abortion, do not have the same constitutional protections enjoyed by babies who are wanted. This is where we find ourselves nearly 30 years after Roe v. Wade.
Pro-life heroine Jill Stanek has spearheaded the effort to secure passage of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act ever since she discovered the practice of live birth abortion at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL where she was employed as a labor and delivery nurse. Jillís testimony in the U.S. Congress and the Illinois General Assembly, and numerous stories in local and national media about babies born and left to die without medical assessment, shocked the nation. The fact that mothers who wish to abort their babies late in pregnancy can have labor induced, sometimes resulting in a live birth, and then can allow their babies to be denied medical care and nourishment until they die, led to the introduction in Congress of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (H.R. 2175) sponsored in the House by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH).
On Tuesday evening, March 12, 2002, the bill passed the House on a voice vote. Although a similar bill by Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) was introduced in the Senate and attached as a rider to the Patientís Bill of Rights, it isnít exactly the same as H.R. 2175. In order for a Senate version of H.R. 2175 to be introduced it must have the approval of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), who is pro-abortion.
President Bush now has an opportunity to announce his personal and public support of a law that we never dreamed would become necessary in America. We appeal to the president to speak out and call for a full-Senate vote on the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which would amend the legal definition of "person," "human being," "child," and "individual" to include a baby who survives an abortion and who is totally separated from his mother, is breathing and has a heartbeat Ė a newly born infant. Such babies are "persons born" under the Constitution and must be protected as such. Please contact President Bush and urge him to stand up for the rights of living babies who otherwise will be left to suffer and die. White House switchboard: 202/456-1414; White House Fax: 202/456-2461.
Please contact your Senators, or call the Capitol switchboard at 202/224-3121 to urge them to demand that Senator Daschle allow the Born Alive bill to be voted on in the Senate.
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