We urgently need you to contact Governor Cooper and encourage him to support 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 Governor Cooper 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, even if they are born as the result of a failed abortion.
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.
A recent nationwide poll found that 77 percent of voters support legislation to ensure that a baby who survives a failed abortion be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age (55 percent strongly support).
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.
As of April 16th, the Governor has 10 days to sign or veto the bill. We need your help!
We beg you to take a minute to use our click to contact form to CONTACT Governor Cooper and ask him to OPPOSE infanticide and PROTECT babies born alive during abortions by SIGNING the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.