THE NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: Democrats go to extremes against the sanctity of life

Virginia’s Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam’s apparent endorsement of infanticide on a radio show last week has brought the issue of protecting the lives of babies to a national crescendo.

And the outrageous objection by pro-abortion Democrat Sen. Patty Murray of Washington on Monday, blocking a vote on a bill to protect babies born alive after failed abortions likens the fervor of the left against the sanctity of life to the extremism of white supremacy.

In response to Gov. Northam’s comments, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., asked the Senate Monday for unanimous consent to vote on legislation that would offer appropriate medical care and treatment to protect abortion survivors.

Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would have required that “any health care practitioner present” at the time of a birth “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.” agrees with Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who said after Sasse’s bill was blocked, “It is clear that, on the issue of life, extremism has become mainstream in the Democratic Party.”

Gov. Northam’s comments on a local radio program last week came on the heels of New York’s state legislature passing a bill, strongly endorsed by Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, legalizing abortions at any time in the third trimester.

Northam made his remarks in discussing The Repeal Act, which would repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions in Virginia. Virginia Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran, one of the sponsors, was asked at a hearing if a woman about to give birth and dilating could still request an abortion.

“My bill would allow that, yes,” she said.

Northam, a former pediatric neurologist, said third-trimester abortions are done with “the consent of, obviously, the mother, with consent of the physician, multiple physicians by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities or there may be a fetus that’s not viable.

“So in this particular example,” Northam said in the interview, “if a mother is 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 the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Many understood his remarks to mean he was discussing the possibility of letting a newborn die.

Indiana first-term Republican Sen. Mike Braun reacted to the blocking of a Senate vote on Sasse’s bill.

“For the short time I’ve been here, what a rude awakening to what can happen,” Braun said. “I just ask citizens across this country, Hoosiers, to weigh in. Let your senators know that this is a step too far. When something like this occurs in this chamber, when it’s crystallized so simply, and you’re either for or against infanticide, I never imagined I’d be seeing this so early in my tenure here.”

We hope Indiana citizens urge our two Republican senators to continue to press the issue and push for a Senate roll-call vote on Sasse’s bill.