President John Adams once wrote, "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."

A recent vote in the U.S. Senate supports this well.

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On Feb. 25, our senators voted against defending an infant born alive during an abortion. Some call this a botched abortion, but I call it the right to life. Maybe that's why our pro-abortion senators voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, contributing to its failure. All the Democratic presidential candidates voted against it, including our own Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Infanticide is real in this country after hearing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam talk about what would happen to an infant that survived an abortion. He said, "If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother."

A board member of the Physicians for Reproductive Health, Dr. Kristyn Brandi, said she never heard of a case of a child born after a failed abortion attempt. That's because they are most likely left to die or killed. Kermit Gosnell did this. He was convicted and is serving a life sentence for not only killing infants that survived abortions but also for causing the death of a woman who was having an abortion.

This is clearly a drifting away from our country's foundational principles, among them our inalienable rights. Our democracy is founded and depends on these truths to be handed down to survive. President Adams knew this. He clearly stated, "Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom."

Timothy Helwig

Duluth