House will vote on Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act next week

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced Tuesday that vote will be held to coincide with March for Life on bill to require that babies who survive failed abortions get medical care

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). (image from townhall.com)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced Tuesday that the House will vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act next week, the week of the annual March for Life.

“Next week—the week of the annual March for Life when tens of thousands of Americans come to Washington to give voice to the voiceless unborn—the House will vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act,” Leader McCarthy said in a statement obtained by Townhall. “This bill states simply that if a baby is born after a failed abortion attempt, he or she should be given the same medical care as a baby born any other way. In line with our longstanding commitment to empower women, mothers will never be held criminally accountable. However, doctors who fail to provide medical care to newborns will be held criminally accountable. There is absolutely no ambiguity here. This is about protecting babies who are born and alive, and nobody should be against that.”

The bill would amend existing U.S. law to “prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

Health care practitioners present when a child is born alive during an abortion procedure are required, at the risk of fines and imprisonment, to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age” and “ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.”

The bill was introduced on December 21st by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and is currently co-sponsored by 60 of her colleagues in the House. The legislation would strengthen enforcement of existing law, such as the 2002 Born Alive Infants Protection Act. The House passed a version of the bill in 2015 but it did not make progress in the Senate.

The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, which Blackburn chaired, found in their final report in January 2017 that abortion providers could be using techniques that resulted in infants born alive during abortion. 

They wrote that, according to documents obtained in their investigation, many researchers want tissue from late-gestation infants “untainted by feticidal agents.”

They concluded in their report that “abortion providers may modify abortion procedures, in apparent violation of the law, to increase the odds of getting an intact infant cadaver (e.g., increase the number of laminaria placed in a patient’s cervix to achieve greater dilation). Clearly, these factors increase the likelihood that unborn infants are born alive during late second-trimester abortions, and raise the question whether these infants’ civil rights are recognized by abortion providers.”

Full story at townhall.com.

 

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  1. The Watchman says:

    So the unborn baby child in question is a live human being. If that is the case the abortion of the unborn is murder because you are in fact killing killing a live human being. With close to 60 MILLION unborn baby children killed since abortion was made legal by Roe versus Wade in 1973 the magnitude of this senseless slaughter is beyond all human comprehension. This in fact is a holocaust of epic numbers never seen throughout all human history. It is time to end the genocide of the unborn or face the judgement and wrath of Almighty god. End abortion now! Adoption is the loving option. Pray America Pray. Pray Pray Pray!

  2. Joel Fago says:

    Without this act, our country sanctions not only killing unborn babies, but also born babies.

  3. Lou Cumming says:

    The BIG hurdle with this Bill is the U.S. Senate where 60 votes are needed under the filibuster rule to advance the legislation to the floor for a vote. The abortion-loving DemocRATS control 51 votes so, according to the DCC Chair, Tom Perez, if one does not fully support abortion at any stage, then one is not a good card-carrying DemocRAT, so this Bill will languish in the Senate forever. My question is – how can practicing DemocRATic Catholics in the Senate vote to kill this Bill? Will the USCCB speak out loudly & clearly in support of this Bill and lean on said practicing Catholics to do what’s right an vote in favor?

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