Dems Melt Down Over Bill Protecting Babies Born Alive After Botched Abortions

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Democratic politicians are portraying the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care professionals to provide necessary care to infants born alive after failed abortions, as an attack on women’s rights.

Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark and Democratic California Reps. Judy Chu and Norma Torres characterized the legislation as an assault on women’s freedom and bodily autonomy. Certain tweets also appeared to refer to a resolution in the House of Representatives condemning violent attacks on pro-life groups.

“Abortion care is health care. @HouseGOP is putting legislation on the floor today that is part of its assault on women’s reproductive freedom,” Torres wrote Wednesday. “The extreme MAGA Republican agenda is wildly out of step with America.”

The text of the bill does not restrict abortions, but recognizes infants born alive after attempted abortions as legal persons under U.S. law, requires that doctors treat them the same way as other patients and bars acts intentionally killing living infants outside the womb.

“Any infant born alive after an abortion … has the same claim to the protection of the law that would arise for any newborn, or for any person … for screening and treatment or otherwise becomes a patient within its care,” the bill reads.

Chu said Republicans were using inflammatory language in an attempt to restrict women’s decisions about their own bodies.

“Republicans are using the ‘born alive’ inflammatory title to try to chip away at a woman’s right to make a decision about her own body,” Chu said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Wednesday. “And I think the right to make a decision about your body should be made between you, your family and your doctor.”

“That didn’t take long. House Republicans are doubling down on their assault on women and abortion,” Clark wrote Monday. “House Democrats stand united with the American people and for reproductive freedom.” (RELATED: FDA Clears Path For Abortion Pills At Pharmacies)

Chu, Clark and Torres did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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