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(CNSNews.com) — Republican House members held a press conference this week to announce the filing of a discharge petition to allow the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to be voted on. Twenty-five previous attempts to bring the bill to a vote were shut down by Democrats, who have a majority in the House.
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), “will protect babies born alive during attempted abortions from being killed,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House Republican Whip. “But Nancy Pelosi refuses to bring it to the floor for a vote,” he said. “That's why I filed a discharge petition to bypass her.”
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“Where does your representative stand on stopping infanticide?” Scalise tweeted on Tuesday. The discharge petition will “force every member to go on record & tell the American people EXACTLY where they stand on this barbaric practice. #LetUsVote #EndInfanticide.”
On Tuesday, all of the House Republicans except for 15 members were listed as co-sponsors of the legislation, as were three Democrats.
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On Wednesday, Scalise tweeted that House Republicans had “formed a long line on the House floor” to sign the petition “that will force a vote on the Born Alive Act & make all members tell the American people where they stand on infanticide. Now let’s see if Democrats will join us. #LetUsVote.”
According to the legislation, H.B. 962, “If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.”
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At the press conference, Scalise was joined by many GOP House members, including Rep. Wagner, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.). Several survivors of late-term abortion, including Gianna Jessen, also attended.
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