Sometimes babies survive late-term abortion. International treaties and some domestic laws protect the lives of those children in word, but they are ignored in practice. Consequently, many of those children who survive are left alone to suffer and die, while some are even killed outright.
Congress passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in 2002. That law is meant to legally protect children born during botched abortions. Yet, according to the Center for Disease Control at least 362 babies between 2001 and 2010 were born alive after botched late-term abortion attempts and died afterwards. All this despite the many medical advancements that continually increase viability for premature babies.
When Florida introduced a similar bill two years ago Planned Parenthood explicitly defended "post-birth abortion" (otherwise known as infanticide) insisting that a doctor's obligation to help a struggling baby lying on the table is a decision that "should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician." The baby gasping for air has no say though, because she can't speak.
The United States is not the only place where this happens. Cases have been reported in all countries that allow abortion on demand for health reasons. Here are just a few examples:
In January 2014, Norway passed a law banning all abortions after 22 weeks. This happened only after there were several reports of babies' hearts continuing to beat for 45-90 minutes after the abortion.
In France, children born before 22 weeks or during a botched abortion are not even given a birth certificate. They are recorded as a lifeless child. They keep no record of which children are born alive and which are stillborn. Sometimes doctors don't even tell parents that their child is alive.
The Netherlands, in cases of serious malformation, legally allows abortion after 24 weeks, and sometimes even infanticide.
These phenomena are so common that the World Health Organization has made it an official cause of death (termed, "Termination of a pregnancy, newborn")
Numerous international treaties and conventions protect these children in word. But they not enforced. According to the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, “States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.”
This behavior must be condemned. It must be stopped. The European Centre for Law and Justice has just filed a petition with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to stop the murder of babies born alive during botched abortions.
The petition notes that many of these children are left alone in a room or closet struggling to breathe:
"According to witness testimonies, some may be asphyxiated or thrown away with waste despite signs of life. In other words, these newborns are killed or left to die, even though in another room, doctors try to save premature babies of the same gestational age."
Furthermore, this issue was brought before the Council of Europe last summer, but was shot down by committee because, somehow, there was a "lack of consensus" regarding the importance of protecting children who survive abortions.
It makes no sense that in one room every possibility is exhausted to save a child born at 21 weeks, while in the next room of the same building a child who "survived an abortion" (in other words, was born) at 22 weeks is left in a closet to die. One child is wanted. The other isn't. That's the only difference, and it's not a difference that merits infanticide. Ever.