On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Representative Abigail Whelan's (R-35A) bill, the Born Alive Infants Protection Act (H.F. 1047) was heard in the House Committee on Health and Human Services Reform.
The bill would ensure that babies born alive after a failed abortion receive medical care, rather than being left alone to die or thrown out like garbage.
Thank you for sponsoring this bill, Rep. Whelan, and working to protect life!
Minnesota Family Council's policy director, Autumn Leva, testified in favor of the bill. Read her testimony below:
Minnesota Family Council supports all the House Files before you today, H.F. 606, 607, 787, and 1047, and we are grateful to Representatives Kiel, Theis, Pugh, and Whelan for their leadership in bringing them forward. My brief testimony today will focus specifically on H.F. 1047, the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.
I think the one thing people on both sides of the abortion issue can agree on is that the grasp of Roe v. Wade does not extend to life outside the womb. H.F. 1047 embodies that point of agreement.
H.F. 1047 is necessary because it ensures that the protections for born alive infants in its federal counterpart are extended to Minnesota hospitals not included under the federal law. The federal law passed with virtually no opposition in 2002, and many states, including California, New York, Wisconsin, have all passed state-level Born Alive Infant Protection Acts. Minnesota should likewise act to ensure that all its citizens, even its very youngest, receive excellent medical care.
We are uniquely blessed in our state with some of the finest medical institutions in the world. State policy should reflect that those excellent medical services are available to all, especially our most vulnerable and youngest children.
The opportunities to find common ground in the abortion debate are often few and far between, but we can all find common ground in the humanity of newborn children—regardless of whether or not they were intended to come into the world at all, regardless of how short or long their unique lives are, regardless of what they may or may not ultimately contribute to society, and regardless of any disabilities or conditions with which they are born.
When we come into this world, each of us is a unique creation, made in the image of God, deserving of care and compassion, and worthy of being welcomed to life with the rest of us.
We urge your support for H.F. 1047.