Jan 22, 2018
US House Passes Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, Requiring Doctors to Save Babies Who Live Through Abortion
On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require doctors and healthcare workers to save and give medical care to babies who survive attempted abortions. The bill passed by a vote of 241-183 with the support of nearly all Republican representatives and only six Democrats.
According to The National Review, the bill "mandates that any child born alive after a failed abortion be transported to a hospital instead of remaining in the care of the abortionist. It requires that health-care practitioners and hospital employees report violations of the law, and it institutes penalties for the intentional killing of a born-alive child, including fines and up to five years imprisonment. The bill would also grant the woman on whom the abortion is performed civil cause of action and protection from prosecution if her child is not cared for after birth."
"Justice and compassion took a great leap forward today," said Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List after the vote. "We thank leader [Kevin] McCarthy, R-Calif., and our allies in the House for holding a timely vote on this crucial bill, as hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans rally at Congress' doorstep."
The bill will now need just 60 votes to pass through the Senate.
"We urge the Senate to follow their colleagues' lead and pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act as well as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end cruel late-term abortions after five months of pregnancy," Dannenfelser added.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, expected to be put to a vote soon, is a bill that seeks to ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation on the basis that a baby can feel pain during an abortion.
Standing against the overwhelming pro-abortion status quo of their party, the Democrats who supported the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act are Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, Dan Lipinski of Illinois, and Collin Peterson and Tim Walz, both of Minnesota.