We urgently need you to contact your state Representative and Senator and encourage them to OVERRIDE Governor Cooper's Veto of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. SB359 is a common-sense legislation introduced by Sen. Krawiec, Hise & Harrington, and Rep. McElraft, Conrad, Stevens & Hurley, that is all about preventing infanticide.
If there is anything that all representatives and all North Carolinians should agree on—regardless of their political party or political convictions—it is that infanticide is wrong. That's an undeniable starting point for any moral and just society. We should all be able to agree that, once born, all children deserve protection.
Any so-called “right to abortion” does not extend to children born alive in the course of an attempted abortion. A “right to an abortion” should not translate to a right to a dead child no matter what. If a child survives an abortion, he or she should be treated with the same degree of medical concern and attention as any other child born prematurely at the same stage of development.
SB359 builds on the 2002 federal law by creating specific requirements for the treatment of abortion survivors. These requirements are:
- In the case of an attempted abortion that results in a child born alive, the health care practitioner must 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; and
- Ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.
This bill is about infanticide, plain and simple. Thirty-one states have laws offering at least some explicit protection to babies who survive abortions, but North Carolina has not established legal protections for born-alive infants. A state law is necessary to ensure that all infants who survive abortions are protected.
We beg you to OPPOSE infanticide and PROTECT babies born alive during abortions by asking your Representative to VOTE TO OVERRIDE COOPER'S VETO of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.