GOP Anti-Abortion Bill #3 (!) Up Today

Creepy Uncle Sam holding a speculum.

Creepy Uncle Sam holding a speculum.

9NEWS' Amy Crowfoot reports, they just can't help themselves:

HB15-1112, sponsored by Rep. Lois Landgraf (R-Fountain), would require a physician to "take all medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life of a born-alive infant" and prohibits denying nourishment to a born-alive infant with the intent of ending the infant's life. It also prohibits using a born-alive infant for scientific research or other experimentation.

Landgraf said that because there are no reporting requirements for abortions, there is no way of knowing what happens to born-alive infants at this time. "The baby," she said, "can be set on a shelf and allowed to die."

Back in reality,

"It is already illegal to kill a living human being," [Pols emphasis] [Rep. Lois] Court said, also adding, "I am really tired of my Republican colleagues bringing forward divisive social issues when we really should be focused on rebuilding our middle class here in Colorado."

The same arguments apply here as with the other GOP anti-abortion bills that have been introduced to certain death in the Democratic-controlled House. The motivation must be deeply emotional and ideological, because politically, it's just disastrous. Whatever marginal benefit running these bills have with motivating the conservative anti-abortion base is totally undone by the moderate voters these bills alienate. Politically, it's a tremendous gift to Democrats, proof positive that the "War on Women" is no myth.

There seems to be this idea that Republicans can insulate themselves from criticism over abortion, perhaps following Cory Gardner's example of gumming the issue to death, even as they run anti-abortion legislation year after year.

2014's experience notwithstanding, we do not share their optimism.

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JeffcoBlue says:

    Hah! Creepy Uncle Sam is a nice touch. Who wants into your private business now?

  2. FrankUnderwood says:

    They should have had a photo of Dr. Chaps w/ speculum.  surprise

  3. DaftPunk says:

    In 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act" recognizing that every infant born alive at any stage of development is to be recognized as a person and a human being.

    This act, however, only applies to providers and hospitals operated by the federal government or which receive federal funding.

     

    Which is pretty much all of them.

    So let's say this scenario unfolds, most likely in the circumstance of a woman finding out around 20 weeks of pregnancy that her fetus carries a significant anomaly, and rather than carry it to term and watch it live a short an painful life they opt for pregnancy termination prior to viability.  Since providers trained in mid-trimester abortions are fewer and fewer, seeing as the chance of being assasinated tends to put a damper on choosing a particular career path, the woman's obstetrician opts to induce labor, and sfould the fetus be born with repiratory effort, not pursuing futile resuscitation once born.

    This bill would insert the government  into those treatment choices, mandate invasive treatments be given with no chance of success, and abbrogate the woman's right to make medical choices for her children in refusing that treatment, a decision which affects only that family.

    Yet the same wackadoos want parents empowered to refuse vaccinating their children which could save their lives, and more importantly the lives of other children.

    They call this conservative?

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