RUSH: It’s arguable which is the big story today. I think this one is. This story and the New Green Deal combined could end up destroying Democrats’ electability chances in 2020 if the information is used correctly. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska proposed a simple bill in the United States Senate. It’s called the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
It had one objective, and that was to force lawmakers to go on the record about whether they support or oppose infanticide. It was just a bill in the Senate. There is no counterpart in the House. The bill had no hope of becoming law, at least not any time soon, sadly. It was simply what Sasse says it is. “I’m gonna put people on the record.” Kind of like what The Turtle did with the Green New Deal by calling for an early vote on it
Now, the bill in the Senate that Sasse authored is titled S. 311. It aimed to ensure that, quote, “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 the Constitution, “and entitled to all the protections of such laws.” Quite simple, isn’t it? If an abortion results in the live birth of a baby, a baby human being, that baby, that human being is at that moment a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the U.S.
What do you think happened? That bill failed. The vote was 53 to 44. They needed 60 votes for the bill to pass. A bunch of Democrats — and among them several Democrat candidates for the Democrat presidential nomination in 2020 — voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Three Democrats voted for it. Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey Jr. Pennsylvania, Doug Jones of Alabama. Three Republicans did not vote. Senators Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Tim Scott of South Carolina.
However, Cramer and Scott missed the vote due to flight delays. They were gonna vote for it. They just didn’t get there. So it would have been 55-42. “The vote was preceded by intense debate on the Senate floor, during which Democrats falsely claimed that the bill contained language that would hinder women’s health care.”
Let me read to you the bill: “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.” Where is anything about the health of the mother in that bill? It isn’t. There is nothing that would hinder women’s health care.
Do you not find it strange that in the United States of America we may need a separate piece of legislation to say that a human being is indeed a human being? And that now we’ve got the Democrat Party in most numbers voting against that proposition? We thought it was bad when Ralph Northam of Virginia and then the New York state Senate gave it a standing O, but now it’s the U.S. Senate, my friends, the U.S. Senate that says that baby ain’t one. That baby is still a disease. It is still a sickness. It’s still a problem for the mother!
But it’s a baby. I mean, it’s a human being. It survived abortion. “Senator Tina Smith, Democrat, Minnesota, claimed that the bill ‘forces physicians to provide inappropriate medical treatment.’” It doesn’t do anything of the sort! It doesn’t force anybody to do anything except acknowledge that a baby is a baby! It doesn’t put one bit of pressure on abortion providers or doctors.
Senator Tina Smith, Democrat, Minnesota, then says, “Puts Congress in the middle of the important medical decisions that patients and doctors should make together without political interference.” Without political interference? This is political interference. This is Democrat Party politics coming out in support of infanticide! Another clear example of how liberalism and the Democrats’ current existence corrupts even human life!
Senator Mazie Hirono from Hawaii, who, during the Kavanaugh hearings, told men to just shut the hell up and start behaving, also spoke against the bill. This bill — I read it to you — all that it requires is that a baby who survives an attempted abortion be treated like any other baby and be taken to the hospital for medical treatment. Practitioners who fail to comply would have been subject to fines or imprisonment up to five years or both. Not even a charge of murder! Killing a baby, it survives abortion, we’re not even gonna call it murder. We’re just gonna issue you a fine.
Are you ready for this? Senator Sasse’s bill “also took care not to punish the mother, protecting her from prosecution ‘for a violation of this section, an attempt to violate this section, [or] a conspiracy to violate this section.’” So whatever happens, the mother is under no investigation, is under no penalty of any kind if her baby lives. Or if it’s killed, the mother still has no responsibility! You talk about a get-out-of-jail-free card.
And, by the way, we’re gonna have this bill that says if a baby survives abortion and it’s born alive, then it’s a baby, and it has full rights under the U.S. Constitution and U.S. law, by the way, we’re not gonna hold the mother responsible for anything. And that didn’t even entice any Democrats. Senator Sasse wrote an op-ed for Fox News in which he said this isn’t about restricting access to abortion. “We’re talking about making sure that newborn babies are treated with dignity and receive care whether they’re born in the maternity wing or an abortion clinic. This is the bare minimum in humane treatment.”
Just the fact that we have to explain this? We have to justify — hey, look, we’re gonna talking about a baby that’s born. And they’re running around, they’re calling Donald Trump Hitler? These people are calling Donald Trump Hitler? Trump tweeted while on Air Force One on the way to Hanoi to give away the United States to the North Koreans — ahem — Donald Trump tweeted — it’s about 9 o’clock last night Eastern time.
“Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth. This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.”
Yeah. Whatever happened to “it’s for the children,” hmm? Now, who are the Democrat presidential candidates who voted against this, who refused to acknowledge that a baby born alive is a baby? Fauxcahontas, Elizabeth Warren; Crazy Bernie, who, by the way, demanded private jet travel while stumping the country for Hillary Clinton in 2016; Kirsten Gillibrand; Amy Klobuchar — didn’t get to this yesterday. Amy Klobuchar once was at a restaurant. Somebody forgot to serve her silverware, so she took the comb out of her hair to eat her salad. And then she demanded her staff go wash the comb and upbraid the restaurant for refusing to bring her knife and fork or to get one.
She used her comb. This woman, Amy Klobuchar mistreats her staff, says, I can’t support something that says a baby is a baby if it survives abortion because it was never intended to be a baby. It was supposed to be aborted.” Cory Booker, Spartacus himself, votes against the proposition. They all voted “no.” Every one of these Democrats voted “no.” They voted to not provide medical care for babies who survive abortion, infants, babies crying for help, denying tiny babies dignity and assistance. By default, they voted for infanticide. That may be the biggest story of the day, to me.
RUSH: By the way, Elizabeth Warren tweeted a criticism of Ben Sasse’s bill to protect the life of a child that survives an abortion. You want to hear this? I think this woman has cooked her goose already; she just doesn’t know it. I think this woman’s fini, it’s over; she just doesn’t know it. And not because of this. Just things in general. Here’s her tweet: “Republican politicians just tried (and failed) again to score political points at the expense of women. Enough.
“Women and their doctors should decide what’s best for their health – not the @SenateGOP.” Now, algorithm, my friends. I realize that I’m a man and that I may not be able to fully relate to what goes on in massage parlors or bedrooms or whatever. But it seems to me that once the baby is born, it’s the baby’s health that’s at question. Once you have a live baby… I know you intended to abort it. You wanted to kill it. Somehow, for some reason it survives. And we are now hell-bent on making sure: “No, it didn’t. No, it’s not going to, for the health of the mother.”
How is the health of the mother…? Once the baby has been born — once the sickness, once that unviable tissue mass is gone… They call it sickness — they call it an illness — pregnancy. Once the sickness has left the body, how is it a woman’s health problem? What am I missing? Yes, I’m being a little facetious my friends. I’m trying to be soft-spoken about this ’cause I know how contentious the issue is. All I can say is every time this infanticide story…
Every time we get new evidence that that’s what the Democrats are, I can’t help but recall all of the times in the past where all of the Republican women started beating up on me to shut up about this, that we were never gonna win elections. “We need to focus on the economy! We are fiscal conservatives. We are not social conservatives. We’re not pro-life. We’re just gonna never get the women’s vote. ” Well, folks… “New Poll Finds Americans Shift Dramatically Toward Pro-Life Position,” and it’s precisely due to barbarism like this!
I’ll have details on that poll and other things percolating out there, demanding to be discussed, which they will be, when I get to them.
RUSH: These are the same damn Democrats who claim that Trump’s biggest crime against humanity is “separating children from their mothers” at the border, right? What separates children from their mothers more than being killed after surviving an abortion? Hmm?
RUSH: All right. I want to go back to the audio sound bites because we’ve got some sound bites on the infanticide issue that was (chuckle) defeated in the United States Senate. Remember, this bill did not have any force of law behind it. It was a bill expressly designed to force lawmakers on the record about what to do about a baby who survives an abortion, and it failed to pass. It was to protect the life of a baby born during an abortion, who survived an abortion, that it would then be allowed to live and be subject to all U.S. laws.
It failed. It needed 60 votes; it got 53. And the Democrat presidential candidates in the Senate all voted to oppose granting human status to a baby — alive and kicking and crying and screaming — after having survived an abortion. Tammy Duckworth. She is a… Let’s see. She’s on the Senate floor, Democrat, Illinois. This is last night talking about the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
DUCKWORTH: We know the partisan extremist playbook it comes out of, one based not in fact but in fiction, steeped in ignorance and misogyny. The goal here is obvious: to bully doctors out of giving reproductive care, to scare them out of business one potential lawsuit or jail sentence at a time, making it even harder for women to get the care they need when they need it most, as the numbers of physicians available shrinks.
RUSH: This is so cockeyed. I’ve always thought that their view of pregnancy was strange, but it’s getting even worse. Pregnancy is some kind of a disease that needs immediate, constant health care, because there’s a disease inside the pregnant woman and we need to monitor it? And all these efforts on behalf of the baby are nothing more than attempts to harm women’s health? This is absurd! This is perverted! The only reason this is happening, Senator Duckworth, is because the New York State Senate and a couple of other states now — and Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia — have come out in favor of infanticide!
The country is in shock over what Democrat Party — apparently recently — believes, that it’s okay to kill babies after they’re born. So Senator Sasse says, “Let get ’em on the record.” There’s no attempt here to interfere with abortions or abortion doctors or to punish women. Kermit Gosnell has become one of the leading lights of the Democrat Party. He’s the guy that popularized this. He went to jail for a number of crimes including manslaughter and murder. But this guy may as well become the face of the Democrat Party. This is… This is…
To listen to these twisted minds try to justify what this is!
All this is is a statement, “We’ve got a baby. It survived an abortion. It is alive. It’s crying. It’s screaming. It’s trying to breathe — and you want the right to kill it!” And anybody standing for the life of the baby somehow is a sexist and a misogynist trying to deny women their health? Here’s Gloria Steinem. This is yesterday on the Today show, third hour. The cohost was Craig Melvin. He said, “The third edition of your book of essays, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, is now out, Ms. Steinem. The first edition came out in 1983. What do you want this new generation of reader to take away from your book?”
STEINEM: Well, uh, uh, the new generation of readers is instructing me by saying that, uh, these essays are still relevant. Why Hitler was actually elected — and he was elected, and, uh, he campaigned against abortion. I mean, that was… He padlocked the family planning clinics… (muttering) Okay. So that is still relevant in terms of the right wing. So, uh, there were very few things, actually, that I had to take out.
RUSH: Can you believe these narratives? Pro-lifers are Hitler? Trump is Hitler? Are you…? Ms. Steinem, all due respect for the feminazis, you people have this backwards. You’re killing babies! What is so hard to understand about this? How in the world is killing babies not Hitler-like? How in the world is wanting to save the lives of newborn children in any way related to Hitler? Man, are these people poisoned! This goes beyond corruption. This is some kind of deep, deep, deep sickness. I’m telling you, folks, they hate us. This is it. It’s all wrapped up in that: They just hate us. It doesn’t…
Whatever we’re for, they’re against.
It’s just no more complicated than that.
RUSH: Okay. Just one more thing here on the kill babies after they survive an abortion belief of the Democrat Party. I mentioned that there’s new polling data about this, and it comes from Marist, which is not insignificant. I mean, they are a widely accepted holding company out there. They’ve got a new poll: Americans’ attitudes on abortion have dramatically shifted over the last month. Americans are now as likely to identify as pro-life as they are pro-choice.
A similar survey taken by Marist just a month ago found Americans were more likely to identify as pro-choice than as pro-life by 17 points. So 30 days ago in this poll, 17% more Americans were pro-choice than pro-life. Now it’s tied, 47-47. Now, what do you think has happened in the last month that might be responsible for changing these numbers? Even more surprising in this poll is the sudden change in younger Democrats’ views on abortion.
The poll of Democrats under the age of 45 found that 34% identify as pro-life, 61% as pro-choice. That is a significant increase because last month, January, 20% of young Democrats under 45, 20% were pro-life. Today it’s 34%. So it’s a 14-point gain in the under 45 Democrat group and 17-point gain overall. Now, what could be the reason for this? I guaran-damn-tee you it’s the New York state Senate, it’s Ralph Northam and Virginia and all these other states that are basically sanctioning infanticide.
I bet you there’s a whole bunch of pro-choice people out there who never thought this is what they’re bargaining for. How many pro-choice people do you think are pro-choice for reasons that have nothing to do with abortion, it’s all politics? It’s all about not wanting to be seen as a religious kook? I don’t want to be seen as one of those gum-chewing, Deliverance people on the porch playing a banjo. That’s not who I am. Make sure you know that. I’m pro-choice!
RUSH: Let me grab Lance in Murrieta, California, as we quickly get back to the phones. Hey! Welcome, sir.
CALLER: (muffled cell) Rush, longtime listener. (background noise) Thank you for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet, sir.
CALLER: (garbled) Directly to my point. I find it interesting that the senators who made the vote about infanticide, all of them and all animal activists, they ask one question, and that question is this: “Does the creature, does the animal feel pain?” And if it feels pain, then it deserves to be treated ethically — and dare I say, humanely.
RUSH: Right. Yeah. You’re absolutely right about this.
CALLER: Yet they do not give the same consideration to a baby that’s born.
CALLER: Michael Vick went to prison for mistreating roosters, and yet they can vote that this should not be treated the same way we do animals. I find hypocrisy at its finest in that right there.
RUSH: Well, it’s a good observation, because when animals are in pain, the animal rights crowd moves into action. You see, you’re illustrating that to the left here what this is really all about is Roe v. Wade, and it’s about a woman having total control over everything that happens as a result of her body, that nobody can say anything to her. What they’re trying to preserve is, “If a woman wants an abortion and somebody botches it, she should be able to kill a baby. She didn’t want it. She wanted to abort it.
“The moment she didn’t want it, that baby ceased to exist as anything human. Even if it’s born and it’s obviously human, no! She didn’t want it? (Snap!) She can authorize its killing with no penalty ’cause she didn’t want it in the first place.” I say, “Let ’em do this. Let ’em keep making big deals out of this. Let them keep passing legislation in state after state after state. Let them keep doing standing ovation after standing ovation. Let ’em keep doing it.” I say, “Let these people keep demonstrating who they are.”
They’re doing this now. They’re feeling their oats. They think they’re in power forever now. When they won the House, they think it’s a matter of time before they get rid of Trump and they win the White House back. They’re already acting like they’re victorious and they’re already taking the action they have sworn to take after they get the White House back, and that’s sending Trump to jail. I wish somebody would ask Michael Cohen, “Do you know, Mr. Cohen, if Donald Trump ever colluded with abortionists to kill babies?”
I don’t think those questions will be asked of Mr. Cohen.