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Abortion survivor protections fail in the Senate

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/25/19, 08:03 pm

WASHINGTON—The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a measure that would ensure babies who survived abortions received medical care, failed in the Senate Monday afternoon. The act needed 60 votes to advance but only received 53. The bill, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., would have required any healthcare practitioner present to seek to “preserve the life and health of the child,” including transporting the baby immediately to a hospital if it survived an abortion. It also would have introduced criminal penalties for abortionists who fail to provide care to newborns who survived abortion. Earlier this month, Sasse called on the Senate to pass the bill by unanimous consent, but Senate Democrats blocked it.

“I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether or not we’re OK with infanticide,” Sasse told his Senate colleagues Monday prior to the vote. Afterward, in an interview with Fox News, he said the bill’s opponents lied about the legislation, claiming it would “end abortion.” Sasse called it a “a sad day” in the U.S. Senate, adding, “This shouldn’t be about politics. … This should be about having heart.”

The vote largely fell along party lines, with some defections: Democratic Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Doug Jones of Alabama, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted yes, while Republicans Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Tim Scott of South Carolina, and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota did not vote. Scott and Cramer reportedly missed the vote because of flight delays.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Tue, 02/26/2019 02:31 am

    This is a strange bill in that one would think botched abortions would be extremely rare.  It was obviously in reaction to Virginia governor Northam's support of infanticide.  At least the vote forces politicians to come out of the shadows.  But it is still surprising to see that there really are no limits to the sacred pagan sacrifice in the Democratic agenda.  How primitive is modern man!

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 02/26/2019 02:50 am

    You just tell me there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats and I will point to THIS vote to show you just how wrong you are! We need to go to the polls and vote out Democrats and put in solid Republicans who will stand for Pro-life legislation! Complacency is not an option! 

  • DS
    Posted: Tue, 02/26/2019 11:38 am

    There is no difference between a Republican and a Democrat, other than belief. Aren't the both human? Don't they both have feelings? struggles? pain? Aren't they both made up of the same material and building blocks? Don't they both bleed (literally and metaphorically)? If yes, then there is no difference other than belief. Pray for them. Also, when ever will a vote like the one you mentioned be successful? I think it more likely that all Republicans get voted out, sadly.

    Posted: Tue, 02/26/2019 06:43 pm

    I wish it were all about ending abortion, but while we still have many on both sides receiving money from Planned Parenthood or support from rich people who support abortion, we will always have abortion. God help us all that we have let it get this far. 

    My Dem. brother and Oprah convinced my mother (Republican) to vote for Obama because her daughters might have to get an abortion in a back alley. Which is sad because the gov't sanctioned places where women get abortions aren't much better than a back alley. My brother's extreme cry was about his daughters being raped and not being able to get an abortion.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Thu, 02/28/2019 12:44 pm

    It is a sad day in America. There were not 60 people found who would vote to preserve the life and health of a baby who has the audacity to escape death by abortion.  May God have mercy on our nation.