Babies born alive in botched abortions in the United States were reportedly left to die, according to Lifenews.com:
In Arizona, nine babies were reported born alive during abortion procedures in 2020 … In Florida, eight babies were reported born alive in 2022, four in 2021, and seven in 2020, according to reports from the state Agency for Health Care Administration.
The article quotes a report from Minnesota, stating that “comfort care measures were provided as planned” until the babies died. In other cases, “no measures were taken to preserve life.”
Lifenews.com has tracked cases of born-alive abortion survivors for several years. In 2019, the news site reported that at least 40 babies survived abortions in 2016-2018.
The U.S. data cited by Lifenews.com is limited to seven of the 50 states. National data on abortion survivors is incomplete and does not fall under formal statistical standards. However, based on the news site’s account of international data, the number is presumably higher than they account for:
In Canada, the Canadian Institute of Health Information recorded 766 late-term, live-birth abortions over a five-year period in 2018. And in Australia, the country’s health minister admitted that 27 babies survived abortions in the state of Western Australia between 1999 and 2016. A report out of Ireland also suggests babies are surviving abortions and being left to die there.
In 2021, U.S. Representative Ann Wagner, a Republican from Missouri, introduced the “Born Alive Survivors Protection Act” in order to provide legal protection to babies who survive abortions. The bill was referred to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee but Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi never brought it up for a vote in the House.