July 19, 2002

Born Alive Infants Protection Act

The U.S. Senate, late Thursday evening, passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 2175) by unanimous consent. The measure will ensure that every child who is born alive will be afforded his or her full legal rights, including the right to adequate medical treatment, even if the child's birth is the result of a failed abortion.

The same bill passed the U.S. House on March 12, 2002 by a voice vote. Congressman Phil English was one of the bill's original cosponsors.

Sen. Rick Santorum was the primary sponsor of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act in the U.S. Senate. People for Life applauds Sen. Santorum for successfully guiding this bill through the legislative process.

The Born Alive Infants Protection Act is sound, common sense legislation. Both the House and the Senate obviously agree.

Some of our pro-choice opponents, however, strongly opposed the bill. The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) attacked the bill after its original introduction in 2000. In a July 20, 2000 statement, NARAL said the bill would "effectively grant legal personhood to a pre-viable fetus - in direct conflict with Roe [v. Wade]."

Some people will, no doubt, be amazed that a law to clarify the rights of a fully born human baby is thought to be necessary. However, there are many documented cases of babies being directly killed of left to die of neglect after failed late-term abortions.