WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) asked House Democrats for Unanimous Consent to consider H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Hagedorn became the 33rd Republican to request consideration of the Born-Alive Act. Democrats have denied all 33 requests.
“There is no excuse for failing to protect innocent children born alive after abortion,” said Hagedorn. “Congress has a responsibility to ensure the right to life is upheld, no matter a child’s circumstances at birth. It’s time to end fourth trimester abortions and address this basic issue of human rights.
“Abortion survivors like Melissa Ohden deserve credit for giving a face to the need for the Born-Alive Act. I recently spoke to a woman in our home state of Minnesota who bravely shared how she felt upon learning she survived an abortion attempt. Every human life has dignity and deserves protection.”
The Born-Alive Act ensures medical care for children, no matter the circumstances of birth. Under the bill, a child born alive during an abortion attempt to end his or her life would receive the same degree of medical care that any other child born prematurely at the same gestational age would receive. After efforts to preserve the life and health of the child, he or she would be transported to a hospital.
The Born-Alive Act is needed at a federal level because 24 states lack protection for abortion survivors. This bill was introduced as states like New York and Vermont advanced efforts to expand late-term abortions.
On April 2, Hagedorn signed a discharge petition to force a vote on the Born-Alive Act. Currently there are 199 members who have signed the discharge. A simple majority, or 218 total signatures, is needed to force a floor vote.
The Born-Alive Act passed the House in 2018 with bipartisan support but failed to pass the Senate the same year. Recently Senate Democrats blocked an attempt to vote on the Born Alive Act in the Senate.