It’s called the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and it requires medical care for babies who survived despite abortion attempts.
Democrats have refused to vote on the bill 17 times in 40 days.
Republican Whip Steve Scalise thinks this is ridiculous (rightfully so.) That’s why he is calling on Republican members of Congress to sign a discharge petition to force the bill to the floor.
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Also, watch this video from Republican representative Brad Wenstrup:
Here's what The Western Journal has to say on the story:
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives gathered outside the Capitol Building on Wednesday to announce the party’s strategy to bring anti-infanticide legislation to the floor after House Democrats rejected a vote 17 times.
“There are some issues you really can’t believe that you have to have a debate about and this is certainly one of those,” GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney told the crowd. “The idea that we would not protect babies after they are born — the idea that we have one party now in this Congress that refuses to put a bill on the floor to stop infanticide — it’s really unbelievable.”
Cheney and six of her Republican colleagues joined pro-life activists in condemning the Democrats’ 17 attempts over the past 40 days to avoid voting on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require medical care for babies who survive abortions. A similar bill failed in the Senate in February by a vote of 53 to 44.
As a way to bypass Democrats’ refusal to bring the legislation from committee to the House floor, Minority Whip Steve Scalise announced a discharge petition would be available in the coming weeks, which would allow the House to vote with only an absolute majority.
“I’m calling on every member of Congress to sign the discharge petition when it ripens in a few weeks so that we can bring this bill to the floor, have this debate where all the country can see that this process, this grisly process, barbaric process of murdering babies when they are born alive is legal in many states and, in fact, needs to be stopped,” Scalise said.
The Washington Times has more details:
The Republicans said they doubt Democrats will grant floor time to their bill, so next month they’ll try to use a process called the “discharge petition” to force the measure to the floor. They’ll need to get signatures of a majority of members of the House in order to succeed.
It’s the same tactic Democrats tried to use last year to force a vote on immigration legislation opposed by GOP leaders, who were still in control at that point.
Senate Republicans tried to speed similar legislation through their chamber Monday but were blocked by a Democratic objection.
The push to pass legislation has gained steam this year after a new late-term abortion law was approved in New York and an effort to pass similar legislation in Virginia.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam sparked outrage for defending that bill, saying the fate of an infant who happened to survive an attempted abortion should be decided between the mother and her physician.
“So in this particular example if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered,” Mr. Northam said. “The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
The bill was defeated in a Virginia House committee.