House Democrats block vote on infanticide ban for the 20th time
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives rejected yet another Republican call to vote on legislation requiring medical care for babies who survive abortions on Monday, marking their 20th time having done so.
Late last month, the U.S. Senate voted 53-44 in favor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would supplement existing law by specifically requiring abortionists to get infants born alive after failed abortions to hospitals. Despite clearing a simple majority, the vote fell short of the 60 votes necessary for the bill to overcome the current filibuster rules and pass.
Yesterday evening, I asked for unanimous consent for the full House to consider HR 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This marks the 20th time that @HouseGOP have asked for consideration of HR 962. Each time, House Dems have refused! https://t.co/1YKnsMdpuD pic.twitter.com/cAlzN3YAmH— Rick W. Allen (@RepRickAllen) March 26, 2019
All but three Senate Democrats opposed the bill, including every senator currently seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination. When the House considered the same legislation in 2015, only five Democrats backed it, and the number of pro-life House Democrats has decreased since then.
Republicans including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have forcefully denounced Democrats for protecting infanticide, which is suspected to have contributed to a sudden 10-point spike in pro-life public opinion.
The president predicted the Senate vote “will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress,” and Sanders has bemoaned the “real shame” that “Democrats are perfectly capable of coming together and agreeing on the fact that they’re comfortable ripping babies straight from a mother’s womb or killing a baby after birth.”
House Republicans have a plan to eventually get a vote over Democrat leadership’s objections by collecting signatures for a discharge petition, which will force a vote if it can gather a signatures from 218 representatives, a simple majority. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) announced Tuesday morning that he plans to file the petition on April 2.
Discharge petitions have successfully led to the passage of new laws “only twice in the last quarter-century,” according to Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings.
Readers can click here to read, sign, and share LifeSiteNews’ petition urging the House to vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. At the time of this writing, the petition has amassed more than 14,000 signatures.