Dems block Senate GOP bill on infants surviving abortions

Grant Boone
March 2, 2019

Forty-four senators opposed Sasse's plan, and only 53 supported it, short of the 60 needed under Senate rules to advance the bill.

Every announced 2020 Democratic presidential candidate voted against the measure, a decision that won't help them next year. See how your senators voted or failed to vote.

The vote was preceded by intense debate on the Senate floor, during which Democrats falsely claimed that the bill contained language that would hinder women's health care.

All the representatives condemned the actions of the Senate and extolled the bill as the proper way to counter controversial pieces of legislation presented or passed in states such as New York, Virginia and New Mexico which eliminate virtually all restrictions on the procedure. It isn't about changing the options available to women. Democrats, he argued, "seem to be suggesting that newborn babies' right to life may be contingent on the circumstances surrounding their birth".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, joined by Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., center, and Sen. He said it made him "uneasy" that such legislation was even considered controversial.

The difference between the 2019 proposal and the 2002 legislation, she said, is that the prior Act "isn't abortion specific", despite applying to "all children born at any stage of development".

Meanwhile, President Trump took aim at Senate Democrats for voting against the infanticide bill.

"The bill is exclusively meant to intimidate doctors and restrict patients' access to care and has nothing, nothing, nothing to do with protecting children", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said on the chamber floor.

The failed Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act bill aimed at penalizing doctors who do not provide medical treatment to infants surviving a failed abortion was "more a matter of political framing than substance", an expert on the history of reproduction rights and the Constitution has said.

Doctors violating the measure would face felony prosecution and the loss of their medical license.

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Republicans absent were Sens. We saw it with the GOP's failure to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading provider and promoter of abortion. "That's what their lobbying the last week has shown".

"We hear from the Democrats continually as they criticize our president".

"If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws", the legislation states.

That law also repealed a part of law that declared such a child "should be afforded immediate legal protection under the laws of the State of NY". She sparked controversy when, at a legislative hearing, she said a woman in labor and about to give birth could still have an abortion under her bill.

"We know that some babies, especially late in gestation, survive attempted abortions".

A new Marist Poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, published Monday, revealed the number of pro-life Democrats jumped from 20 percent of the party in January to 34 percent this month. "This is not an issue of being pro-life, or pro-choice, this is being pro-child, which we all should be", he continued. After an initial attempt to pass the bill via unanimous voice vote was foiled by Sen.

Republicans have repeatedly tried to use parliamentary tactics to force a vote in the Democrat-controlled House, but have been batted back each time.

Democratic Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Doug Jones of Alabama and Joe Manchin from West Virginia were the only lawmakers to cross party lines as Democrats demonstrated anew that even in the minority, they can derail abortion-related bills.

Meanwhile, Americans' attitudes about abortion have taken a "dramatic shift" in recent weeks.

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