Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act Fails in the Senate

Desiree Burns
March 2, 2019

The Act would require doctors to save the lives of children who are born alive after an abortion and treat them like any other patient in need of life-saving care.

"No child should have their lives left in the hands of the abortionist or a medical professional to somehow decide to provide them medical care", Ohden said.

After Senate Republicans failed to meet the 60-vote threshold needed to push through the so-called "Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act", introduced by Sen. Tim Scott (SC) took to the Senate floor to address his Democrat counterparts about the intrinsic value of every child's life.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a leading Democrat on health issues, said the measure would force women to accept "care that may directly conflict with your wishes at a deeply personal, often incredibly painful moment in your life - because politicians in Washington decided their beliefs mattered more than yours".

Speaking alongside Smith at a news conference the morning of February 26 were House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana; Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri; Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas; Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas and Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana.

That complete disregard for the lives of the most vulnerable apparently is mainstream for Democrats. Debate intensified later last month when Virginia lawmakers proposed a similar bill and embattled Governor Northam commented on it. Ben Sasse's Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

"The clinic owner took the baby, who was gasping for air, cut her umbilical cord, threw her in a biohazard bag and put the bag in the trash", Smith said. "On the other side is the entire rest of the country", McConnell said. The author of the House version is Wagner.

Republicans, eager to put congressional Democrats from swing states in an uneasy political spot, have been pouncing on the issue since it arose earlier this year in Virginia and NY.

"The Senate last night stood against protecting children".

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Sasse said that objecting to his bill would be a sign of support for infanticide. Abortions during the final weeks are rarer still.

"When I first heard about this practice and saw the governor of NY nearly having a pep rally describing legislation that would allow a baby to be killed, murdered. nowhere in America should that be legal", said Scalise. "Infanticide is what the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is actually about".

Scalise was referring to a discharge petition, which would hasten the bill's progression through the House.

A lot of those Democratic senators who argued so passionately against a bill making infanticide illegal are going to wish they'd read the Marist poll results first. "Do they deserve the protection of our laws?"

According to the Washington Examiner, for example, Sen. Additionally, the bill removed abortion laws from criminal code and placed them within public health law.

Kaine was referring to the effort by Sen. He invoked Senate Rule 14 to bypass the committee process on the bill, saying that "everyone in the Senate ought to be able to say unequivocally that killing that little baby is wrong".

Smith, however, presented some statistics that suggest there is a problem that the bill is created to solve. Despite only a handful of states requiring these reports, Centers for Disease Control data reviewed by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that "N$3 ationwide, between 2003 and 2014 at least 143 babies died after being born alive during botched abortions, though the CDC also states this could be an underestimation".

Mallory Quigley of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List also noted that the American people are largely supportive of this kind of legislation.

"But what's frustrating even more than that, is that in a nation of good conscience that we would be debating having a conversation about a child who is born sitting there alive, separated from her mother", he said. "Only 9 percent oppose the bill".

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