(at the 44:47mark). Doctors had mistakenly determined that a developing baby had severe deformities, so it had been predetermined not to do anything to keep the baby alive when born. The birth, however, showed that the doctors' diagnosis had been wrong.
A nurse who had attended the baby's birth explains, "That baby turned its head and looked at me—looked at me straight in the eyes—when it was born. No measures were taken to resuscitate this child. It wasn't dried, it wasn't patted on the bottom, nothing was done. But this baby was kicking, its heart was beating strongly, and that baby had nothing visibly wrong with it."
Without medical help, the baby died 45 minutes later in the nurse's arms.
Examples such as this are why the 15,000-member Christian Medical Association, the largest faith-based medical association in the world, today urged Members of Congress to pass the Born Alive Abortion SurvivorsProtection Act.The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would make failure to provide standard medical care to children born alive during an abortion a federal crime, is desperately needed to enforce the inarguable right to life of born babies. The stronger penalties in cases where an overt act is taken to kill the abortion survivor are especially appropriate. The civil right of action for mothers of children who survive an abortion provides much-needed practical pressure to encourage compliance with the principles of this legislation.
The CMA also urged passage of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134).
Given the grossly inhumane and unethical practices revealed in recent videos, HR 3134, which would impose a one-year moratorium on funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates, stands as a very modest measure meriting bipartisan support. This year will provide more than adequate time for careful consideration of the organization's practices while in the meantime preventing the tax dollars of the American people from propping up the butchery evidenced by the videos.
For more about the Planned Parenthood investigation, visit GOP.gov/plannedparenthood.