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Stand for life – death of 2-year-old Alta Fixsler reminds us of these truths
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) 
October 20, 2021
Fox News
 
On Monday, Alta Fixsler passed away after the government of the United Kingdom sentenced her to death. She committed no crime or wrongdoing. She was just 2 years old, innocent as could be. But Alta suffered from a severe hypoxic ischemic brain injury.  
 
Doctors at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Manchester, United Kingdom, concluded that Alta’s life was not worth living. Her parents, both devout Hasidic Jews, objected to the decision since their faith requires them to protect and uphold the dignity of every life.  
 
But the government decided that it has the power to decide if Alta’s life was worth living. A British High Court ignored the Fixslers’ wishes and upheld the doctors’ decision...
 
Both Israel and the United States offered to assess Alta’s state and provide treatment… Her parents fought hard for relocation and secured a visa for Alta to come to the United States. But in an act of callousness, and for no discernible reason, the British and European courts denied her the opportunity to travel to America or Israel for continued care...
 

 
We often take for granted in America that our rights come from God, not man. Unfortunately, that self-evident truth is under increasing attack here at home.  
 
...In Virginia, House Democrats proposed legislation allowing abortions right until the last minute of a pregnancy. When discussing the bill, Gov. Ralph Northam casually described how it would allow a newborn infant to die on the hospital table. He then realized he had to clean up his infanticide endorsing comment, so he clarified that this would only happen in the case of an abnormality. An abnormality, like in the case of Alta.  
 
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I recognize that the abortion debate poses a serious dilemma; it puts the right of a woman to control her body in conflict with the right of her child to live. But I will always choose life. Not because it’s easy, but because it is right. 
 
I pray that one day the right to life is respected throughout the world and extended to all of God’s people. And so I urge all Americans to stand for life. Not just for the unborn, but also for those at risk of losing theirs.  
 
The United States was not given the chance to save Alta, but it can still save so many children like her: innocent, beautiful, full of God’s potential, but devalued in an often cruel and unsparing world.