Last week 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 one 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 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 that a hearing would have been held immediately but efforts to do so been repeatedly blocked by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). After 81 attempts to have the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) heard, Congressional Republicans, and several Democrats willing to stand against their party leadership, used a special procedural rule called a discharge petition to force a vote on this life-saving legislation and reveal the reality of Infanticide in the United States for all.
H.R. 962 is a very simple bill. It simply requires that a health care professional “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.
Our U.S. Representative, Liz Cheney, deserves our thanks for co-sponsoring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and her consistent stand for a child’s right to live.
In Wyoming we must continue to find and support those who understand that the right to life is a basic “unalienable” right.
As we move toward launching Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, would you consider standing with us as we seek to promote a nation and Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished!
Director of Advocacy – Wyoming