Lawmakers now consider legalizing letting babies up to a month old die
( WND )
Every few months or years, some extremist brings up the idea of allowing abortion after birth.
It's relatively easy to discard when some loner at a university on the other side of the world discusses a wild-eyed plan.
Or when, as WND has reported, paramedics in one region of Belgium say it would be all right to end the life of a baby born with a "serious" defect.
That's been a recurring theme, with medical ethicists Francesca Minerva and Alberto Guibilini in 2012 claiming doctors "should be allowed to end the lives of disabled, and even unwanted, newborn babies because they are not 'actual persons.'"
Former Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, once discussed on radio a controversial 40-week abortion bill.
"If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother," he said, alluding to a discussion about whether an infant should be allowed to live or die.
Now, however, there's a real warning from the American Center for Law and Justice that an American state is considering the idea.
According to the team of legal experts, "The Maryland legislative session is in full swing, and once again, abortion advocates are pushing their radical abortion agenda. Recently, we told you about the testimony we presented against Maryland House Bill 1171, which is attempting to codify Roe v. Wade in the Maryland constitution. Now, we’re preparing to submit testimony on Maryland Senate Bill 669 – also known as the Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022."
That bill, at first glance, looks like it simply changes "woman" to "pregnant person" in its references.
But its provisions to prevent a "pregnant person" from being investigated for "terminating or attempting to terminate" her own pregnancy is where the plan gets lethal.
"The bill also proposes a revision of the fetal murder/manslaughter statute that would serve to handcuff the investigation of infant deaths unrelated to abortion. In other words – this bill will effectively legalize infanticide," the ACLJ reported.
"The exact language of the bill states: 'This section may not be construed to authorize any form of investigation or penalty for a person . . . experiencing a . . . perinatal death related to a failure to act.' (Emphasis added). In other words, a baby born alive and well could be abandoned and left to starve or freeze to death, and nothing could be done to punish those who participated in that cruel death," the organization's report explained.
"The bill also includes a section that would allow 'a person [to] bring a cause of action for damages if the person was subject to unlawful arrest or criminal investigation for a violation of this section as a result of . . . experiencing a . . . perinatal death.'"
So, the ACLJ reported, "if a baby died because it was abandoned and police investigated and eventually arrested the person responsible for the baby’s death, then the woman could sue the police and get monetary damages for having been investigated and arrested."
The report said even worse is that the language in the bill "is without clear definition," so "the bill could prevent any investigations into the death of infants at least seven days AFTER their birth, and may extend to infants as old as four weeks!"
It's because "perinatal" isn't defined in the bill and medical tomes say it starts at the "20th to 28th week of gestation and ends 1 to 4 weeks after birth."
Since the state already has a "safe haven" law, allowing a mother to give up an infant without penalty, "there is absolutely no reason for Maryland Senate Bill 669’s attempt to prevent someone who lets their baby die from being investigated."
The ACLJ reported that because of concerns that it raised, the "perinatal" language is being removed from the S.B. 669 plan, but an identical bill still is pending in the Maryland House.