Born-Alive Act Redux! by Hadley Arkes

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By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing, Jan. 21, 2023

Hadley Arkes is the Ney Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at Amherst College and the Founder/Director of the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights & the American Founding.  …

Note: The following text is much longer than normal for The Catholic Thing, even for our occasional longer pieces on Saturdays. But we believe – in these hours immediately after the annual March for Life – that it brilliantly focuses on what ought to be the next phase in the pro-life movement. Some pro-lifers have shrunk from public acrimony by falling back on arguments that, well, abortion is still available in certain States. Others have turned to measures for supporting women in difficult circumstances, which is important but does not go to the heart of the matter. Hadley Arkes, one of the founders of The Catholic Thing, reminds us that the child in the womb is a living human being who deserves legal protection at the federal level, initially if “born alive,” but let us pray, at some not distant day, from the moment of conception. We commend his arguments to your attention. – Robert Royal  

Mirable Dictu: 
The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act is back again, in another iteration. And it was among the very first things enacted by the new House with the Republicans back in control. But why is it back again? The original bill, enacted in 2002 was tagged as the “most modest first step in legislating on abortion”: the bill simply to protect the child born alive who survives an abortion.

The new bill, the Born-Alive Survivors of Abortion Protection Act, was brought forward to restore the serious penalties, criminal and civil, which had been stripped from that earlier bill. This was actually the third time that the bill had been introduced and passed with Republicans charge of the House. The first time came in September 2015, the second in January 2018, and the three sets of votes confirm the dramatic transformation that has taken place in our political parties. All three votes reveal a cohesion almost preternatural that has set in on our parties over abortion. …