By Dave Andrusko
On February 25, pro-abortion Senate Democrats were able to block a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). While proponents prevailed 53-44, that was seven votes short of the 60 votes necessary to move forward (“invoke cloture”).
Meanwhile in the House, controlled by pro-abortion Democrats led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) introduced H.R.962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on February 5.
H.R.962 would require that a child born alive after an attempted abortion receive appropriate treatment and be transferred to a hospital.
On every legislative day since the introduction of H.R. 962, a different Member has asked for the House to consider H.R. 962. “19 times, House Republicans have tried to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that would rescue children who survive a botched abortion,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) “19 times, House Democrats have blocked legislation to save these survivors. This is about saving lives, and any child who survives an abortion should have an opportunity for life.”
The day Rep. Wagner introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Rep. House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said
“Innocent life must be defended and protected at every stage, and that includes babies born alive during an abortion. We must immediately extend legal protections to these vulnerable newborns and prosecute any doctor who would leave them to die. I introduced this resolution to begin the process of forcing a vote on Congresswoman Wagner’s important piece of legislation, especially after horrific actions taken in New York and Virginia to permit infanticide. The silence from Congressional Democrats is deafening and shameful. Every Member of Congress, regardless of party, needs to go on record against infanticide, and we must immediately take action to stop it. The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on this critical issue.”
Rep. Scalise was referring to filing a discharge petition. A discharge petition allows a majority of the House (218 lawmakers) to force a floor vote on a bill, even if pro-abortion leaders oppose the measure.
Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of federal legislation for National Right to Life, is urging House members to sign onto the petition to force the protective, lifesaving Born-Alive legislation to a vote on the floor of the House.
“Voting to protect infants born alive during an abortion attempt should not be a stretch even for Democrats who are strongly pro-abortion,” said Popik. “The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act does no more than require the same level of care for this baby, no longer in her mother’s womb, as any other baby of a similar gestational age.”
But, as Popik noted, “In blocking this legislation, Democrats have now moved beyond abortion on demand through all 40 weeks of pregnancy to embracing infanticide.”
Popik lauded the pro-life House members who are taking to the house floor day after day to attempt to protect these babies. “The issue is clear — babies born alive after an attempted abortion deserve the same level of life-saving care that any other baby would be give,” she told NRL News Today.