Senate Democrats shoot down pro-life bills
by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/26/20, 11:16 am
WASHINGTON—A bill protecting infants who survive abortions died before reaching a final vote. Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked two pro-life bills, including the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have required doctors to provide medical assistance to babies who survive botched abortions. Republicans needed 60 votes to advance the bills to a floor vote but only managed to garner 56.
Were there any surprises? Three Democrats voted yes: Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Doug Jones of Alabama, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Casey and Manchin also wanted a final vote on a measure that would protect unborn babies from most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.
Dig deeper: Read Leah Hickman’s report in Vitals about Republican efforts to bring back the Born-Alive bill in Congress.
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Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.