Senate Democrats Refusing To Grant Legal Status To Children Dreaming Of Being Born Is Satire

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Senate Democrats refusing to grant legal status to children dreaming of being born is satirical news. A satirical website published a story poking fun at the current debate over pro-life and pro-choice as well as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

President Donald Trump’s administration announced it will end DACA, putting an expiration date on the legal protections granted to roughly 800,000 people known as “DREAMers,” who entered the country illegally as children. The DACA program was formed through executive order by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and allowed certain people who came to the U.S. illegally as minors to be protected from immediate deportation. Recipients, called Dreamers, were able to request “consideration of deferred action” for a period of two years, which was subject to renewal.

Now where did the satirical news originate? The Babylon Bee published the satirical news article on Jan. 29, 2018, reporting that Senate Democrats voted to deny legal status to millions of unborn children “dreaming of one day being born.” You can read the satirical news below.

WASHINGTON, DC—Voting down a measure that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks gestation, Senate Democrats on Monday refused to grant legal status to millions of unborn children dreaming of one day being born.

House Republicans passed a bill last week that would guarantee citizens’ rights for U.S. children over 20 weeks gestation, the age at which all unborn babies have been scientifically proven to hear voices and feel pain. Senate Democrats killed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Monday, keeping the United States one of only seven nations on earth that allows unrestricted abortion at any time during pregnancy.

“Frankly, I’m tired of the Republicans’ sob stories about these so-called ‘dreamers’ who are deliberately hiding inside a womb, hoping for government protection without going through the proper channels,” a DNC spokesperson told reporters. “Maybe it’s not their fault their parents brought them into this world, but that does not give them the same Constitutional right to life that hardworking, natural-born Americans have earned.”

However, there above story is satire. The Babylon Bee describes itself as “your trusted source for Christian news satire.” The Babylon Bee is a satirical evangelical Christian website. The site is famous for over-the-top fake stories focusing on well known pastors, celebrities, and politicians. Of course, no DNC spokesperson made the quote referenced in the satirical news article.

The New York Times reported that the Senate rejected a bill on Jan. 29, 2018, to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. By a vote of 51 to 46, the measure fell well short of the 60-vote threshold required for the Senate to break a Democratic filibuster. The outcome was not a surprise and the vote fell mostly along party lines. The bill would make nearly all abortions after 20 weeks illegal.

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What did you think of the satirical news that Senate Democrats were refusing to grant legal status to children dreaming of being born? Did you believe the satire or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.

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