WASHINGTON — Setting a record for first-day signatures on a discharge petition, 202 members of the House signed the discharge petition filed by Representative Kat Cammack (R-Fl.) — who was joined by Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House Whip, and Representative Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) — to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act [H.R. 619]to the House floor for a vote.
House members lined up to sign the petition beginning Wednesday afternoon. By late evening, 202 members had signed. A successful discharge petition needs 218 signatures and would bring the bill directly to the floor for a vote.
“The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is designed to ensure the care and protection of a baby who is born alive following an abortion,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. “We are thankful for the members who took the time to sign the discharge petition and show their commitment to protecting these precious lives.”
Tobias continued, “We are grateful to Whip Scalise, Representative Wagner, and Representative Cammack for their leadership on this vital life-saving legislation.”
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires that, when a baby is born alive following an abortion, health care practitioners must exercise the same degree of professional skill and care that would be offered to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. It also requires that, following appropriate care, health care workers must transport the living child immediately to a hospital.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has repeatedly refused to allow the legislation to go to the floor for a vote.
An updated list of signatures can be found here.