A Law to Protect Abortion Survivors Shouldn’t Be Necessary, but It Is

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Today I have a piece in National Review Online on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act hearings that happened this week.

Here’s an excerpt:

Even as Americans debate abortion, surely it isn’t too much to expect our government to protect, at minimum, the life of any person once he or she is born. Because no matter how hard some might try, there is simply no logic, even in the abortion lobby’s best talking points, that could begin to justify such callous neglect.

Everyone should recognize that denying basic medical care to born infants is wrong. There is no justification for leaving a child on a table to die. This is why the idea of a medical professional choosing to look away and ignore the cries of an infant child as it lies there gasping for air sends shocks through one’s conscience.

If we take a step back, we realize that this isn’t even about a woman’s so-called right to choose. Taking an infant’s life outside the womb is not abortion. Even so, politicians beholden to the likes of Planned Parenthood resist any consideration of measures, such as this bill, that would protect these innocent children.

Our children deserve better. Age is no marker of dignity. Even the smallest among us are fully deserving of protection from violence.

Read the entire piece here.

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).