Three pro-life groups from Brazil have published an open letter to the U.S. Democratic National Committee following the party's refusal to vote in favor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have mandated that babies born alive after botched abortions be given medical treatment to save their lives. The Democrats filibustered the bill, and the Republicans could not garner enough votes for cloture, the vote failing by 55–43. The reaction to the Democrats has been intense, with critics now calling it the Party of Infanticide, and a large number of formerly pro-choice Democrat voters moving over to the pro-life side in response. The National Network in Defense of Life and Family, Brazil for Life and National Studies have now published a letter to Democrats reminding them of their duty to protect life, and expressing grave concerns that the Democrats' vote is setting dangerous precedent for the rest of the world.
An Open Letter to the Democratic National Committee
Dear Democratic Party,
We, the undersigned organizations from Brazil, dedicated to the promotion of the universal rights to life, individual freedom and in opposition to any kind of violence against the innocent, write to voice our disappointment and deep concern regarding the position of the Democratic establishment by voting against the S.311 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, that would have ensured protection and care for born-alive survivors of botched abortions.
The right to life is inalienable, and it must be protected for every human being, as enshrined in the Article 3 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person"; and in the Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: "Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life." There is no justification to support the decision to not protect the life of a born-alive abortion survivor, and although the 2002 Born-Alive Infants Protection Act ought to protect survivor of late-term abortions, there are no established penalties for those who choose not to offer the appropriate care the baby would require in order to survive.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 143 babies have died after being born alive from botched abortive procedures between 2003 and 2014 in the United States, although the CDC acknowledges the numbers are likely much higher. The implementation of legal provisions such as proposed by the S.311 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would have ensured the implementation of the appropriate legal framework to lawfully inhibit the neglect of appropriate care for the survival of the born- alive baby. Without such provisions, innocent lives may perish without consequences and appropriate penalties for those responsible, which constitutes one of the biggest threats to human right to life as established by both national and international bodies in our times.
While some Democratic Party senators and members have supported the bill that could have potentially saved the lives of innocent born-alive babies, it is disturbing to acknowledge that the great majority of the senators from your party have chosen not to protect the most basic human right, one which is guaranteed in the very Constitution of the United States to which you swear to abide by, in the 14th Amendment: "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
We applaud those of you who have spoken against this extreme and abhorrent decision, including some members of the Democratic Party, the members of the Republican Party and the president of the United States. Whereas we respect the sovereignty of the U.S. of America, as your "American" brothers and sisters, whose lives will be affected by the precedent of such grotesque decisions as the abortion industry continues to influence democratic houses and chambers through lobby and through politics internationally; we simply cannot be silent before such a radical decision against the most basic human right: the right to life.
National Network in Defense of Life and Family
Brazil for Life