With Australian efforts to protect babies born alive after botched abortions falling on deaf ears, US politicians have proved far more progressive.
This week the US House of Representatives voted 220-210 to provide medical care to babies who survive abortions.
Babies born alive and left to die is a feature of abortion everywhere.
Figures from Queensland show that between 2005 and 2015, 200 babies survived abortions but were left to die.
Queensland clinical guidelines state practitioners should “not provide life sustaining treatment” to babies who emerge alive from the dismemberment process.
Coalition Senators Alex Antic and Matt Canavan last month sponsored a private Senators Bill requiring that medical care be rendered to babies who survive.
Like former MP George Christensen’s similar bill in the previous Parliament, the Senators’ bill is unlikely to go anywhere.
And while the US bill is also unlikely to pass the Senate, the fact that the US House of Representatives passed such legislation is a big step forward in the fight for human rights for unborn babies.