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Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduces bill to protect infants who survive abortion

Although the Democratic party is overwhelmingly pro-abortion, one representative is stepping up to protect the unborn. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced a bill to rework the U.S. criminal code “to ensure a health care practitioner exercises the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

Similar to Republican bills rejected by progressives in the past, Gabbard’s proposal would apply criminal penalties to health-care workers who refuse to provide necessary lifesaving medical care to infants who survive botched abortions. The Congresswoman’s views on late-term abortion contradict most in her party, including the leadership. The official stance of the Democrat Platform supports abortion up to the point of birth, often paid for by tax dollars.

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“If House Democrats elected in the 2018 ‘blue wave’ had been allowed to support humane legislation like the born-alive bill, the party wouldn’t have fared so disastrously in 2020 House races,” said Jacob Lupfer, a political consultant who works with candidates and organizations outside the mainstream of the two major political parties.

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He went on to say progressives “should ask why a Democratic member of Congress can only advocate for sensible, popular abortion policies in the final days of her term in office This is why Republicans win. Literally no one other than abortion interest-group elites thinks doctors should kill babies after botched abortions.”

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Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly rejected born-alive bills presented by Republicans, arguing it is unnecessary because of the Born Alive Protection Act of 2002, which guarantees care for babies who survive abortion attempts. However, as many Republicans have noted, the 2002 bill does not include legal penalties for doctors who fail to care for surviving babies

Gabbard also has introduced legislation that would, in effect, ban biological males, even if they identify as transgender females, from competing in women’s sports. Under the “Protect Women’s Sports Act,” which is co-sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Title IX would be applied based solely upon the basis of a person’s biological rather than chosen sex.

“Title IX was a historic provision championed by Hawaii’s own Congresswoman Patsy Mink in order to provide equal opportunity for women and girls in high school and college sports,” Gabbard said. “It led to a generational shift that impacted countless women, creating lifechanging opportunities for girls and women that never existed before.”

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