Prolife House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has indicated that a discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) will be filed on April 2nd. If the petition is signed by a majority of House members, it will overcome the obstruction of pro-abortion Democrat leadership.
If enacted, H.R. 962 would extend federal legal protection to babies who are born alive during an abortion. Pro-life members of Congress a re using a discharge petition to attempt to force a vote on this vitally important bill that should have, but does not have, unanimous support across party lines.
H.R. 962 is a necessary and timely response to the radical trend that started with the signing of the Reproductive Health Act by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.). The RHA allows abortion through all stages of pregnancy and removed explicit protections for babies born alive following a failed abortion.
Sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would enact an explicit requirement that a baby born alive during an abortion must be afforded “the same degree” of care that would apply “to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” including transportation to a hospital.
The bill applies the existing penalties of the federal murder statute to anyone who performs “an overt act that kills a child born alive.” The bill also empowers women with a right to sue their abortionists and others for harm caused by violations of the act.
National Right to Life strongly supports the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Take action to urge your House member to sign the discharge petition to force a vote on this life-saving legislation.