“The View” cohost Meghan McCain called out leaders of the Democratic Party on Tuesday for voting down the Born Alive Survivor’s Protection Act in the Senate Monday night, and for the party’s growing extremism on abortion.
“Eighty percent of Americans support abortion being limited to the first three months of a pregnancy. If Democrats want to win an election going forward, are you going to be the party of late-term abortion? The party of infanticide? Let me finish, please,” McCain said, arguing with co-host Sunny Hostin. “When you’re talking about children and you’re talking about being pro-life, this is well out of the mainstream of where Americans are at.”
The proposed legislation does not restrict abortion in any way, but would require doctors to provide medical care to an infant who survives an abortion attempt, in the same way they would provide care for any other human being. Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders all voted against the bill.
“If you think that is how you win back the White House, I’m here to tell you, I spent a lot of time in red states. I’m from a red state. That is a losing argument,” McCain said.
Hostin said she needed to push back on McCain’s comments, arguing that botched abortions are rare.
“We don’t need a new law for this. This is why I think a lot of Democrats voted against it, because it’s already required to provide medical care to infants born alive,” Hostin said. “This bill also required that all babies born alive be immediately transferred to a hospital, which my understanding is it’s not always safe for a newborn.”
“So even though it’s rare, the times that it does happen should be allowed to happen?” McCain asked.
The issue of babies who survive attempted abortion is not hypothetical. Abortion statistics are often inaccurate because states voluntarily report data to the Centers for Disease Control. According to the CDC, Florida recovered 17 babies in the last two years who were born alive following an abortion, 10 babies were saved in Arizona in 2017, three babies were rescued in Minnesota in 2017, and at least one was saved in Oklahoma that year. The CDC acknowledges that these numbers are likely underestimated.