Genocide in America
Whatever you do to the least of these you have done to me
I have been hosting this podcast and blog for over a year and I have intentionally stayed away from any controversial or politically charged subjects, not because I don’t have opinions about politics and controversial topics but because I want Recovering Faith to be a safe place where people can come to learn about God and not have to be subjected to criticism or to a political agenda, but today I am speaking about a subject that is very much politically charged, though it should not be. Today I am going to discuss the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act that was introduced by Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a bill that had one goal and one goal only, to ensure that if a child survived an abortion attempt that the child would be treated as a human, protected and given adequate medical attention. The bill failed to pass, and the reasons why it failed will be the main issue of this episode.
This is undoubtedly going to be a controversial stance, but it should not be controversial to say that a baby, outside of the womb, should not be murdered, but apparently it is a controversial statement and that goes to show just how far society has fallen from the glory of God. This episode is not going to dive into the issue of abortion, just the issue of murdering a child that has already been born alive and could survive and live the life that God wants for it.
Before I go into the reasons this bill was proposed and the sad reasons for which it failed, I want to discuss the bill itself, what it is and what it isn’t, and I have included a link at the end of this post and in the show notes for the podcast so you can read the bill for yourself if you want.
There is, I think, a lot of misconceptions about this bill, mostly because some people have portrayed this bill as “yet another attempt at ending abortion and taking away a woman’s reproductive choice,” but this bill has absolutely nothing to do with abortion and does not alter the availability or legality of abortion in the slightest. This bill would not change, in any way, the choice or responsibility of the mother, and the result would be the same for the woman whether the abortion succeeded and the pregnancy was terminated or whether the child survived, but it would have made all the difference to the child, and let me be brutally honest, it is a child, just because it was not wanted does not change that fact.
The bill states that a child who survives an abortion attempt is a legal person and as such is entitled to the same protection under the law as a child that was wanted when it was born, or any other person who found themselves in a hospital or clinic, and that the hospital or clinic has the legal obligation to provide medical attention and report any failures to render aid, the same as with any other child. The bill also states that the mother of the infant that survived the abortion attempt would not be charged with any crime. This bill in no way takes away a woman’s choice or makes her have a child she does not want, it only protects a child that was born alive and gives them a second chance at a life.
The exact wording of the main bill is as follows:
Congress finds the following:
(1) If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.
(2) Any infant born alive after an abortion or within a hospital, clinic, or other facility has the same claim to the protection of the law that would arise for any newborn, or for any person who comes to a hospital, clinic, or other facility for screening and treatment or otherwise becomes a patient within its care.
SEC. 3. BORN-ALIVE INFANTS PROTECTION.
“§ 1532. Requirements pertaining to born-alive abortion survivors
“(a) Requirements For Health Care Practitioners.—In the case of an abortion or attempted abortion that results in a child born alive:
“(1) DEGREE OF CARE REQUIRED; IMMEDIATE ADMISSION TO A HOSPITAL.—Any health care practitioner present at the time the child is born alive shall—
“(A) 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; and
“(B) following the exercise of skill, care, and diligence required under subparagraph (A), ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.
“(2) MANDATORY REPORTING OF VIOLATIONS.—A health care practitioner or any employee of a hospital, a physician’s office, or an abortion clinic who has knowledge of a failure to comply with the requirements of paragraph (1) shall immediately report the failure to an appropriate State or Federal law enforcement agency, or to both.
“(1) IN GENERAL.—Whoever violates subsection (a) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both.
“(2) INTENTIONAL KILLING OF CHILD BORN ALIVE.—Whoever intentionally performs or attempts to perform an overt act that kills a child born alive described under subsection (a), shall be punished as under section 1111 of this title for intentionally killing or attempting to kill a human being.
“(c) Bar To Prosecution.—The mother of a child born alive described under subsection (a) may not be prosecuted for a violation of this section, an attempt to violate this section, a conspiracy to violate this section, or an offense under section 3 or 4 of this title based on such a violation.
I am not sure how we got here as a society, but we have gotten to the point where people are no longer viewed as having any intrinsic worth and they are only considered as having any worth if society assigns them a worthiness value. How far we have come as a society since the founding fathers penned the words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
There is no logical or justifiable reason to say that because a baby was born and not wanted that he or she has less value, less worth, or less right to live than a baby that was wanted when he or she was born. To say that a baby is only valuable when it is wanted is the same logic that was used to justify the holocaust, multiple attempts at ethnic cleansing at various times across the world. Making one or more groups of people to appear as less than human is also the justification for the state sponsored mercy killings during the Second World War and at other times in history when a government wanted to get rid of people with a handicap or those who were mentally challenged, sick, or otherwise unable to perform the function in which government thought they should perform.
I firmly believe that when a society is allowed to arbitrarily decide which people have worth and which people do not that it will inevitably lead to that society putting a specific group of people who they do not like to death, just like it did in Nazi Germany, and just like it led the genocides in Cambodia, Rowanda, Bosnia and other places throughout the world over the course of human history. People are inherently flawed and sinful and if they are left to decide who has worth and who does not they will inevitably find some arbitrary reason to decide that some group they don’t like does not have any worth.
Without engaging in some serous mental gymnastics a person could not even justify killing an infant that was born alive because it would be a drain on the resources, especially since many of the same people who voted against the bill are the same people who think that there should be money given to people who can’t work or choose not to work and that the death penalty should never be an option, even for the most violent and vile of criminals who are guilty beyond any doubt.
I am not advocating here that we should get rid of programs to help the needy, but why should we as a society consider an adult who is not contributing to society and is intentionally being a drain on the system of more value than an innocent child that had no choice in the matter?
Society may not think that people have intrinsic value, but God does, and I personally don’t think that anyone who claims to be a Christian and is OK with murdering a child that was born alive is really a Christian at all. If a person believes in God and believes that he created us in his image than they have to believe that each human has an intrinsic value that is not decided by society but by their creator.
From reading the Bible one knows that every human was made in the image of God and has intrinsic worth. In Jeremiah 1:5 God said, “Before I formed you in the woman I knew you,” and there are many other verses that show we were created with purpose and have inherent value simply for being human.
1 Samuel 16:7 tells us that God does not look at a person and view their worth based on how they look or by any other standard by which we judge people. “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Probably the best evidence that God loves all humans and considers us to be of value is that Jesus died for us on the cross, not just for those of us who have it all together, but he died for all who would accept his sacrifice, and he died for us while we were still sinners and enemies to God, as it says in Romans 5:8. There are a lot more verses in addition to the ones shared here that show we have worth, even the least of us, because we were created in the likeness of God (Genesis 1:26).
A baby who survived an abortion attempt and is not wanted is truly the least of us in every sense of the phrase, and Jesus was clear that we were to take care of those. In Matthew 25: 31-46 we read the parable of Jesus that teaches what we do or don’t do to the least of those is what we do to Jesus.
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
When the born-alive bill failed, Ben Sasse, the sponsor of the bill, said, “This is about the most simple thing you can say, which is that a baby is a baby, and they have dignity and worth, and it’s not because they’re powerful. It’s because they’re babies. Today is a sad day in the United States Senate.” (2)
Sasse also said at the start of the start of the floor debate, “I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether or not we’re okay with infanticide. This language is blunt. I recognize that. It is too blunt for many people in this body. But frankly, that is what we’re talking about here today. Infanticide is what [the bill] is actually about“ (3).
Senator Sasse is correct, a baby is a baby, even if it is not wanted, and all babies are human, even when it is inconvenient to consider them as such and allowing babies to be murdered simply because their parents do not want them is a form of genocide.
In order to do anything horrible to a person and still see ourselves as the hero we have to justify it to ourselves so that we feel like we are doing the right thing, and the easiest way to do so is to portray those that are being mistreated, marginalized, tortured or murdered as somehow less than human. There has been an extreme amount of effort put into making unwanted babies appear as something other than human, just a clump of cells and nothing more, because everyone, even the non-religious, knows that it is wrong to kill people so in order to justify killing babies they have to not think of them as babies.
Those who did not vote for the bill claimed they did not vote for it because it was unnecessary as there are very few late term abortions and because the bill takes away a woman’s right to choose. We have already discussed the second point, and it should be abundantly clear that nothing in the born alive bill takes away a woman’s choice and when a woman goes to a clinic because she doesn’t want a child, she leaves without a child, but this bill would have protected the child, if born alive, and would not have changed or altered the woman’s responsibilities.
According to the Guttmacher Institute’s data, there are around 12,000 late term abortions in the United States every year, very few of which are actually medically necessary or medically warranted (4), so the claim that a bill like this is not necessary is not true. Honestly, I think if there were only one child born alive and then murdered than this bill would be necessary.
I firmly believe that the real reason the born alive bill failed is that a lot of our elected leaders, and many in society at large, do not value life, not truly. Outwardly these political leaders appear to value life, but mostly they are pondering to specific groups in order to get votes, and infants cannot vote, and if they survived an abortion attempt and reached voting age they would be unlikely to vote for anyone who believes unwanted infants should be murdered. Actually, anyone who survived an attempted abortion, I would think, would be unlikely to vote for anyone who thought it acceptable to not want your baby in the first place.
Somehow this reminds me of a country song called “Summertime Blues” where a young man complains to his congressman who says, “I would like to help you son, but you are too young to vote.” However, not only are many politicians willing to do or say anything in order to get votes, a lot of them do not base their lives on Biblical principles, despite what they claim to believe. If a person votes for something they say they don’t believe in they are either lying about not believing in it or they are willing to compromise on their beliefs for personal or political gain.
Speaking of voting, I think it is an absolutely terrible idea to allow sixteen year olds to vote as some are proposing because most sixteen year-olds don’t have a firm grasp on reality and have no idea what the ramifications of political policies and are easily swayed by their emotions and are not overly intelligent, generally speaking. Even the brightest teens make horrible decisions and that is part of life and growing up, but a person should have learned a bit about life and actually contribute to society before they can make decisions that effect it and other people’s lives. If sixteen year-olds were allowed to vote they would vote for things that sound good at the time, not knowing how it would effect them or others because they don’t pay their own bills, don’t have to worry about their housing and do not pay taxes above the small income tax on their part-time summer jobs, most of which they will get back as a refund anyway. Children, and sixteen year-olds are children, are not the most forward thinkers and are more concerned with the here and now, and most children don’t have much patience and have not learned the discipline that is required through most of life.
Now that I have re-emerged from that rabbit hole, I think that not only will be be held responsible for sins we commit if we don’t repent for them, but we will also be held responsible for voting people in office who allow or promote vile sins to be committed. I firmly believe that when we vote, as Christians, we should have the Bible and the will of God in mind. You have heard of the saying “What would Jesus do?” But I think we need to go to the polls with the saying “HWJV” or “How would Jesus vote?”
There are a lot of Christians who are Christian in name only, such as Governor Cuomo of New York who sponsored and passed a late-term abortion law that would, at least theoretically, allow women to have an abortion up to mere minutes before birth. Anyone who would advocate the murder of a fully developed child who could survive outside the womb is not a Christian at all, and a lot of people agree with me as many Catholics are calling for the Catholic Church to excommunicate Governor Cuomo.
I don’t know if I would advocate for excommunication, but I don’t consider Cuomo or those who agree with his late-term abortion bill as Christian. To be a Christian is more than just sitting in a building once a week listening to a man behind the pulpit saying nice things and putting a Jesus sticker on your car; being a Christian is living live as Jesus would want you to live, as a new creature in Christ who has put of their sinful nature and is concerned with the will of God and the life and happiness of his children, all of them, even the ones who are inconvenient to us.