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Gosnell trial shows why Canada needs a Born Alive Infants Protection Act

Something remarkable is happening in the United States. 

The practice of abortion itself is on trial in the case of the "House of Horrors", late-term abortionist from Philadelphia.  Ostensibly, the case is about the ghoulish activities that took place in the “clinic” of one, Dr. Kermit Gosnell -- activities which read more like the work of a serial killer than a licensed physician. 

However, witness testimony of beheadings and spinal cord-snipping performed by Gosnell to murder 100+ children who were born alive after failed abortions, is revealing the correlation between legal abortion and infanticide. The entire country is being exposed to the fact that infanticide has crept into America’s medical community as a “safety valve” in the event that abortion fails, just like abortion crept into societal thinking as a “back-up” measure in the event that contraception fails.

The Gosnell trial is relevant to recent allegations that acts of infanticide on children who survive abortion may be rampant in Canadian hospitals and private abortion facilities.  In January, Conservative MPs Maurice Vellacott,  Leon Benoit and Wladyslaw Lizon wrote to the RCMP, requesting that it investigate as potential homicides, 491 cases where babies were left to die (or possibly even killed) after surviving an abortion.   

These numbers came from a Stats Canada report that indicates how many children died after surviving an abortion, but it does not detail how they died.

Was it Gosnell-style, with a scissor to the neck? Or suffocation, as we’ve learned some nurses have done in the U.S.? Or did their deaths result by willful neglect, because they were refused admission to a premature infant incubator (i.e. the way wanted newborns are cared for) and instead, left to die on a table, gasping for breath?  

I dwell on the method of death just to make the point that it’s all evil. But whether the scenario in Canadian abortion facilities is less gruesome than what Gosnell is accused of makes no difference. The point is that infanticide after failed abortions appears to be common in Canada.

The urgent request by pro-life Conservative MPs for an investigation was met with a non-response by the RCMP, outrage by the Liberals and NDP, and cowardly indifference from Prime Minister Harper.

What’s the difference between the U.S., where prosecutors are pursuing an abortionist for murdering these live birth survivors, and Canada, where the political class appears willing to accommodate infanticide in the case of botched abortions?

There are many reasons, but one important factor I’ll point to is that American politicians have passed Born Alive Infants Protection legislation. An Act of Congress, signed into law in 2002 by President George W. Bush, explicitly enshrined in law that children who are born alive after an induced abortion must be legally protected. The consequence of this Act is that the instant a child is born alive, the abortionist and nurses involved in the abortion must immediately switch from trying to kill the child, to providing medical treatment to save his/her life.  Otherwise they themselves may face criminal charges.

While this legislation does not criminalize abortion, it does send a powerful message to abortionists, to society and to those who enforce the law, that a right to infanticide cannot be understood to flow from legal abortion.

I think it’s time for Canadian Members of Parliament to pass our own Born Alive Infants Protection Act.  Don’t you?



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By: Lise Anglin
April 27, 2013 @ 2:37pm
Yes, Canada should definitely have a Born Alive Infants Protection Act. It is pathetic that we need such a law, but we do.
By: Joy E
April 27, 2013 @ 3:22pm
Absolutely sickening! The fact that this could happen in civilized society is atrocious. No death penalties allowed unless you're an infant who causes inconveniences to adults. There would be outrage if a a dog or convicted serial killer were murdered in this way. How can this happen to beautiful and innocent babies? Where is common sense or decency any more?
By: Anne Gould
April 27, 2013 @ 3:59pm
This information is truly horrifying and hopefully Canada will pass laws requiring a child born alive should be fully supported into continued life.
How awful that abortion is even legal
By: Danielle Gamache
April 27, 2013 @ 4:27pm
Hello brothers and sisters in Christ: I could not read everything as to think that babies are alive and are not given a chance. May our Heavenly father have mercy on this society; I feel broken and sick and I live here in Canada. Father wake us up and let us stand for these unborn babies; that is an atrocity; on behalf on those one being killed forgive us; I ask in Jesus'name and let's make it right. Danielle Gamache grieving
April 27, 2013 @ 4:49pm
Has the consciences of health care workers been so blinded that murder can be tolerated? Joy E. has it right when it seems that an animal has more rights than a helpless newborn. How low can our society go? Our Canadian politicians need to wake up to the fact that may be happening in our land.
By: Anne-Marie
April 27, 2013 @ 7:27pm
Yes, I agree with all the above mentioned !
St. Faustina pray for us. Anne-Marie grieving
By: Bernadette Sammon
April 27, 2013 @ 7:58pm
We definitely should have a Born Alive Infants Protection Law in Canada.
By: Sister Shannon Hickey
April 27, 2013 @ 9:49pm
I definitely feel that we defnitely need
a Born Alive Infants Proection Progam and
we should not delay putting ths into law.
Sister Shannon Hickey
By: Jimmy Vermeer
April 27, 2013 @ 10:25pm
We need a law for sure.
By: Charles V
April 27, 2013 @ 10:49pm
Unbelievable the depths to which our society has sunk and the government just don't care.!!
By: ll and Eileen McClinchey
April 28, 2013 @ 8:22am
Keep up the good work! Lloyd went to Ben Lobb's office on Friday to show the facts that we are equal with China and North Korea as far as NO protection for the unborn and that we are ashamed to say we are Canadians in that area of our culture .
By: Iwona
April 28, 2013 @ 4:28pm
Every species protects own newborns. What happened with the humans? Isn't it horrifying,that we need a special law to protect them?Yes ,Canada should have a Born Alive Infants Protection Act.
By: Joe G
April 29, 2013 @ 11:33am
What if YOU, yes you, reading this right now, were the one being murdered after a botched abortion. That's right, you wouldn't be here to read this, would you? How many of these kids will grow up to be somebody, just like you and I? My life is not perfect, but I'm glad I had the chance to live, love and enjoy life. I think everything should be done to give life where we can. Why are we killing our own flesh and blood? I used to think I could understand it if a woman was raped. But the child is not to blame, and this child will be as loving and kind as he or she is raised up to be. There is no one here who has the right to cast a vote against life, for if it weren't for the love of others, when you were born, you, yourself, would not be here to vote at all.
By: Paul Du Mesnil
April 29, 2013 @ 8:31pm
How quiet the normally very vocal feminist groups always remain when something like this comes to the forefront! Today Jesus would have another group of hypocrites to add to his list...
By: Maureen Sullivan
May 4, 2013 @ 10:01pm
I thought Obama overturned the Born Alive Infant Protection Act-------------
By: Campaign Life Coalition
May 4, 2013 @ 10:47pm
Dear Maureen,
No, President Barack Infanticide Obama did not overturn 2002's federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act. It's still the law of the land. What you're getting confused about is the fact that the abortion-loving Obama voted against a state version of that Act 4 different times when he was a senator in Illionois. The Illinois state version of the BAIPA did not pass, but the federal one remains in force.