BY CHRIS HUGHES
It is Time for North Carolina Baptists to Support the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors’ Act”
As my friend, Dr. Rod Martin, says, “A moral revolution is underway”.
Over the last three years, more and more states have passed legislation to allow later term abortions. More recently, the State of Virginia passed legislation that would allow an abortion right up until the time of birth and the Governor of Virginia stated that if a child was born alive, the mother and her health care providers could decide whether that baby, born alive, could be allowed to live.
Once the State of Virginia tried to implement such radical legislation that not only supported abortion to the point of live birth, but infanticide, other states followed suit. In response, some state legislatures began to pass laws requiring medical professionals to save the lives of babies once they are born and able to breath on their own. The North Carolina General Assembly passed such a law. It was entitled the “Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Act” (SB359).
Since the passage of Roe v. Wade there have been over 62 million babies aborted in the United States of America, an average of over 4,000 babies aborted every day of the week.
Abortion is a fire brand issue, not only in the secular world, but within the Church well. Most Pastors never preach on abortion or any other of the issues that are fueling our Cultural War today. In fact, a recent Barna survey indicated that less than 10% Pastors ever even address the issue from the pulpit. As a result, many Christians only get the information to form their views on abortion and other issues from the media.
To be clear, SB359 is not about abortion. It is about saving the life of a baby that has already been born. No sane person could ever doubt that a live baby should be killed, but that is the exact message that was sent when Governor Cooper vetoed the “Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Act”.
The legislation mandates that in the case where 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.” The bill further requires that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.
Thirty-one other states have passed some type of legislation that affords protection to unborn babies, but North Carolina’s bill was vetoed by Governor Cooper. We need legislation to ensure that all babies born alive are protected.
This Wednesday, the North Carolina House is scheduled to take a vote to override the veto of BB359 by Governor Cooper and I strongly encourage you to call your State House member today and ask them to vote to override the Governor’s veto.
The issue is not about abortion. SB359 addresses infanticide. Some of you may call abortion a “choice” or an issue about a woman’s body. This bill is not about abortion. This bill is about a baby who has been born alive and able to breath on its own.
SB359 dictates that medical professionals will do all within their power to save the life of a baby once it is born alive and out of its mother’s womb. The bill is entitled the “Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act”.
The Senate has already voted to override the Governor’s veto. On Wednesday, we need to the House also override his veto. Please call your State House member today and ask that they vote to override the Governor’s veto of the “Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Act” (SB359).