By Tim Nerozzi
Senate Democrats killed legislation that would have prevented the killing of newborn infant children.
Trump called the vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act “shocking,” describing the Democratic position “so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth.”
Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies after birth….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2019
What It Means:
The bill would have provided the same protections to babies who have failed abortion procedures as any other newborn. It was defeated on a procedural vote, 53-44 – with 60 votes need to avoid a filibuster. With the exception of Senators Joe Minchin (D-WV), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Doug Jones (D-AL), all Democrats opposed the bill. Three Republicans, Kevin Kramer of North Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Tim Scott of South Carolina, did not vote on the measure.
Why It’s Important:
This near-unanimous opposition from Democrats is a stark contrast from their party platform during the George W. Bush administration.
In 2002, the Born Alive Infant Protections Act passed the Senate with a unanimous, bipartisan vote of consent.
According to the Born Alive Infant Protections Act, “infants who are born alive are persons who are entitled to the protections of the law, and that a live birth occurs whenever an infant, at any stage of development, is expelled from the mother’s body and displays any of several specific signs of life–breathing, a heartbeat, and/or definite movement of voluntary muscles.
Trump’s relationship with the pro-life movement has proved complicated after many appearances at March for Life events and rhetorical support. However the Trump administration’s lack of action in pushing pro-life legislation has left many in the movement unimpressed.
What People Are Saying:
National Right to Life, the United States’ oldest pro-life organization, responded to the news of the bill’s failure on their social media accounts.
“The #BornAliveAct failed in the Senate today by a vote of 53-44. These pro-abortion extremist Senators voted against legislation that would have protected human beings born-alive after botched abortions,” said National Right to Life, also providing a graphic with the names of individual senators who voted against the bill.
The ACLU called the bill’s defeat a “victory,”
Victory! Senators just voted down a bill that would target abortion providers, insert politicians into the provider-patient relationship, and undermine access to care for those who need it most.
Thank you to the senators who opposed this harmful and misleading bill.
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