End Infanticide

September 26

Two weeks ago, during the Congressional hearing on Infanticide, a nurse, Jill Stanek, from Oak Lawn, Illinois testified that she was on duty one night when she witnessed a precious baby die because he was deemed unworthy of life. She told members of Congress that she recalled a night when she saw another nurse on the way to a “soiled utility room” with the child. The nurse was on her way to drop the child off for “Comfort Care.” “Comfort Care” being a euphemism for “being left to die in a utility closet.”

The testimony of Mrs. Stanek confronted our country with the reality that rather than wrapping these little babies in blankets and providing them the very best medical care, they are being abandoned. The word for allowing a baby to die like this is–Infanticide.

One would imagine that such an issue would rise to the highest level of concern for Congress and the issue would be addressed immediately but efforts to do so have been repeatedly blocked by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). After 81 attempts to vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962), Congressional Republicans, and several Democrats willing to stand against their party leadership, are trying to use a special procedural rule called a discharge petition to force a vote on this life-saving legislation.

H.R. 962 is a very simple bill. It requires health care professionals to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of a child” for a baby who survives an abortion attempt.

It is a startling reality that such care is not required by law in many places and consequently does not happen. Since the infant is presumed “unwanted” after the abortion attempt, the terrible stories like the one Mrs. Stanek gave become reality.

Unfortunately, eleven of our twelve New Jersey Congressmen and women have been unsupportive of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Only Congressman Chris Smith (R) has co-sponsored this bill. We applaud his consistent stand for a child’s right to live.

The battle to protect babies that have been born is also taking place right here in Trenton! The Born Alive Protection Act (NJ A5287/S3905) was introduced on May 13, 2019 and currently has 18 co-sponsors in the Assembly and 3 co-sponsors in the state Senate. We have met with over thirty state legislators in recent weeks advocating for the passage of the Born Alive Protection Act in NJ.

Would you consider standing with us as we seek to promote a New Jersey where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished!

Shawn Hyland
Advocacy Director
Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey

Len Deo
Director of Alliances – Northeast Region, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council