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By David F. Forte, The Catholic Thing, Jan. 28, 2023
David Forte is Professor Emeritus at Cleveland State University and is on the Board of Scholars at the James Wilson Institute.
My dear friend Hadley Arkes deserves praise for his perseverance in pressing Congress to protect children who survive an abortion, as he did at some length on this site a week ago (here). Some might think that The Born Alive Act is unnecessary after the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs, overruling Roe v Wade, and given the passage of state laws even more protective of unborn life, such as heartbeat bills. But as Arkes demonstrates, the killing of born alive babies continues.
In the face of the moral persuasiveness of the pro-life position – enunciated in scores of state laws that affirm the humanity of the unborn child – pro-abortion advocates seek the unlimited power to terminate the life within the woman, as well as the life of the newly born, moral considerations notwithstanding. They simply won’t listen or care to respond to the argument for life. The Born Alive Act, pressed for so long by Arkes, then affirms what the abortion lobby refuses to recognize – that there is, after a failed abortion, a human being here, one who is as much a right-holder as an 80-year-old man or, indeed, of a 20-year-old pregnant woman. …