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Letter: Wasn’t Senate Bill S. 311 meant to save lives?

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According to 44 members of the current Senate, murder is legal. When (U.S.) Senate Bill S. 311 (Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act) failed to pass Feb. 25, the Senate expressed its approval of killing the survivors of abortions.

Picture it: A survivor of an abortion is lying on the table moving, crying, struggling for breath. Normal medical care and treatment of the baby won’t be performed now because of the failure to pass the law.

One possible reason for their vote is that the bill recognized the survivor as a person with rights. The moment before surviving the abortion “it” was merely a fetus and not a person who has rights. Changing the status of the fetus to a person may eventually lead to overturning Roe v. Wade.

Was that their fear? Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) said, “Nothing in this bill [S. 311] touches abortion access.” So the right to choose would have survived, but the door would be opened to application of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

The inability in 1973 to determine when person-hood is achieved was the loophole the court used to allow abortions to be legal. Since then, science has established a unique individual is created at conception, and the only difference between a fetus and an adult is time and development.

Wasn’t the intent of S. 311 to save lives, not eliminate them? Note that all Republicans and only three Democrats supported the bill. New Mexico’s two senators voted against it.

Dick Bartlett
Roswell