To The Daily Sun,
On February 25, the U.S. Senate voted on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Born Alive Act). The vote failed to pass the 60 vote margin 53-44. Two of those “no” votes were cast by New Hampshire’s Senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.
Despite the Born Alive Act being brought forth by Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, it is not a uniquely Republican idea that all individual persons, no matter how small or how temporarily unwanted, are entitled to life. Depriving a child born alive of immediate, necessary medical care is, in essence, depriving them of life. Along these lines, Senator Shaheen has publicly said that health care is a human right. It defies logic to say that health care is a human right except for babies if they were supposed to be aborted.
The Born Alive Act states, “If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.” That is to say, if a woman chooses to abort her child, and the child is instead born alive, that child is considered a person in the eyes of the law.
Additionally, “Any infant born alive after an abortion or within a hospital, clinic, or other facility has the same claim to the protection of the law that would arise for any newborn, or for any person who comes to a hospital, clinic, or other facility for screening and treatment or otherwise becomes a patient within its care.” Briefly, when a baby is born, it must receive medical care under protection of the law because he/she is a person.
Senators Shaheen and Hassan both decided to vote against this act that affirms the value of every human life. We cannot, nor do we want to, attribute motive to either of their individual decisions, but we are hard pressed to come up with any reason that would justify the decision to vote against protecting those children counted among the most vulnerable in our country. New Hampshire’s senators had a chance to demonstrate the smallest amount of political courage on a vote to protect the lives of babies born alive after unsuccessful abortions. It is time for New Hampshire voters to demonstrate their own courage and moral fortitude by voting for senators who value human life and dignity.
Dee Jurius, Meredith
Joe Alexander, Goffstown
Daryl Abbas, Salem
Gates Lucas, Sunapee