By Dave Andrusko
Slowly, but surely. The discharge petition to pry the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act out of legislative limbo and on to a possible vote in the House added two new names this week.
As NRL News Today reported, North Carolina held two special elections last week and in both cases—the 3rd and the 9th—a pro-life Republican carried the day over a pro-abortion Democrat.
The victories of Dan Bishop and Greg Murphy mean pro-life House Republican leadership is two votes closer to the 218 votes (a majority of the House) needed to circumvent Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision not to allow “unanimous consent” on H.R. 962.
Every day the House has been in session, a pro-life member of the House has taken to the floor, seeking unanimous consent to move forward on H.R. 962. It takes only one objection, and over 80 times a pro-abortion Democrat has dutifully objected.
However, if a majority of House members do add their names to the discharge petition, the bill will bypass committees run by pro-abortion Democrats and be brought to the floor for a vote. There are currently 203 votes to discharge.
Every Republican, joined by Bishop and Murphy, and three Democrats have signed the petition.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was introduced earlier this year. Since then, Democrats have kept the measure bottled up. On April 2, led by Republican Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Ann Wagner, members of the U.S. House of Representatives lined up on the House floor to begin signing a discharge petition.
H.R. 962 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.
This language does not dictate bona fide medical judgments nor does it require futile measures. Rather, H.R. 962 requires that babies born alive during abortions are treated in the same manner as those who are spontaneously born prematurely—no more, but no less.