I Was There to watch the Discharge Petition Fight

By Carol Tobias, President

Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and NRLC President Carol Tobias

It was awesome!! I was present in the gallery of the US House of Representatives as Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), lead sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, led a long line of Congressmen/women onto the House floor to sign a discharge petition to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

You recall that the bill is not about abortion but infanticide. It does no more than require that health care practitioners who are present when a baby is born alive following an abortion to exercise the same skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of that child as would be offered to any other child born prematurely at the same gestational age. Democrats refuse to allow a vote.

As I watched today, members of the House walked down the middle aisle to the desk where Scalise presented the petition and became the first to sign. Wagner followed. The line for those waiting to sign wound down along a side wall, around the corner and down another wall. After about forty minutes, there were still several Member of the House waiting in line to sign the petition. It was incredibly impressive and made you proud.

Prior to the signing march into the House, members of Congress, women who survived the abortion on their lives, and medical personnel who decried the neglect of little humans who survive the abortion held a press conference.

What happened today was the first step. Now we need you to take action to reach the goal of 218 signatures. The list of Members who have signed the petition will be available throughout the process.

If your Representative’s name is not on the list, urge him/her to sign on. Get your family members, neighbors and friends to do the same.

Members who oppose this bill should be forced to explain to their constituents why they oppose this bill; why they are willing to leave the fate of those babies to the tender mercies of the abortionist.

Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, whether you label yourself pro-life, pro-choice, or don’t care, we should all want to protect those babies who survive an abortion.