While we have been diverted by trumped-up claims of Russia collusion by the FAKE NEWS media, the baby killers have been on the prowl and they have been making some serious progress in their quest to kill off kids that they don't want.

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-New York) made headlines by signing a bill into law that is so outrageous even the media folks took notice. Under Andy's "Reproductive Health Act," (almost sounds compassionate, no?) "person" has been redefined as "a human being who has been born and is alive," eliminating the possibility of recognizing an unborn child as a person. The law allows for an abortion up to the moment before that child is born.

Proposed legislation in Vermont declares that "a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall have no independent rights under Vermont law." Vermonsters would be able to kill a healthy, viable baby at eight months and thirty days of gestation. The National Review suggests Vermont's proposed law could eventually allow abortions based upon gender and sexual orientation of the child.

The Rhode Island State House was packed to the rafters on Tuesday night with advocates on both sides of the abortion issue. Lawmakers are considering five abortion-related bills that would do everything from an outright ban on the procedure to allowing an abortion to be performed right up to the moment of birth, much like in butcher Cuomo's New York house of horrors.

Rhode Island Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo favors the latter and tweeted as much during Tuesday night's hearing:

Want to get scared? I mean really scared? The Daily Wire reports that Virginia Democrat Kathy Tran has filed a bill that would permit a woman to decide whether she wants to abort her baby as she is dilating and about to give birth.

The progressives are on the march. They are moving the football on everything from abortion to climate change and are making progress on many fronts. The daily sideshow in Washington has diverted our attention away from what they are up to but it is time to take the progressive threat seriously.

New progressive laws and proposals would remove all restrictions on abortion. The baby killers are among us.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.