Pro-Lifers Welcome Renewed Born Alive Push

Washington Free Beacon | 4/3/2019 | Bill McMorris
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BY: Bill McMorris

Pro-life organizations are rallying around House Republicans as they push for a floor vote on legislation aimed at protecting abortion survivors.

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On Tuesday, Republicans led by Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) launched a discharge petition to bring the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act out of committee. The legislation has languished in the Judiciary Committee with little hope of getting a full hearing in the Democrat-controlled chamber. Scalise said the seldom-used legislative maneuver is necessary to respond to the "real grassroots movement" demanding legal protections for babies that survive abortions.

"We are hearing from more and more people demanding action," he said. "This is an uphill battle … things this important aren't easy, but they're necessary."

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The bill was introduced in the wake of landmark legislation passed in New York and other Democratically-controlled state that guaranteed abortion up until the point of birth. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a career physician, sparked further outcry when he defended a similar bill by endorsing withholding life-saving care from an infant who survives the procedure. Senate Democrats blocked a Born Alive bill sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) in March, but pro-life groups are hopeful they can succeed in the House after three Democrats bucked leadership and co-sponsored the bill.

Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, said lawmakers need to check radical abortion politics, as pro-choice politicians have moved away from the "safe, legal, and rare" mantra of the Clinton years and toward open endorsement of late-term abortion. Every major 2020 presidential candidate has endorsed New York's policies and the House vote would be a way to get " our elected officials’ positions on infanticide are on the record."

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"Only about half of states have laws on the books that mandate physicians provide medical care in cases of an infant born alive...
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