In what can only be described as mind-boggling in a Republican majority senate, a bill that would ensure that babies surviving an abortion would receive medical care was struck down by a vote of 53 to 44. The legislation only required 60 votes.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was introduced by Sen. Bill Sasse (Rep. Neb.) and pushed by anti-abortion groups and Republicans. The legislation was an attempt to stop doctors from letting abortion survivors die without giving medical care.
In his own words, Chuck Schumer made claims that the bill would “target, intimidate and shut down reproductive doctors across this country” and “impose requirements on what types of care doctors must provide”. Sasse in his counter stated that the bill would stop doctors from “actively allowing a baby to die”.
In 2002 the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act certified that “every infant member of the3 species homo sapien who is born alive at any stage of development is a person” for all federal law purposes. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was meant to give clarification as to what types of care a surviving baby is to receive.
Senator Pat Murray (D-Wash) said the bill is “harmful and an attempt to stop abortion in America”. She went on to deflect to “ripping children away from their families” and said she would be glad to debate that topic because that topic is about child safety.
Virginia proposed a bill recently that would allow abortion at the time of birth, but tabled the bill after pushback following Governor Northam saying he supported the legislation. Currently, Illinois and Massachusetts are considering legislation that would allow third-trimester abortions.
In a time when people say our legislators don’t do any work, and Ocasio-Cortez is constantly highlighted by Republican voters, infanticide is being accepted under the noses of voters.