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Republicans Introduce House Version of Born Alive Bill Banning Infanticide after Failed Abortions

Calvin Freiburger : Feb 8, 2019 : LifeSiteNews.com

"You know what? If the Democrats object, we'll ask again, and again and again because it is just right. It's not a partisan issue—it's about saving lives. I think everyone can agree with that. We should solve this problem this week." -House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

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(Washington, DC)—LifeSiteNews.com] Republican lawmakers in the US House of Representatives have re-introduced legislation forcing abortionists to give newborns medical care if they survive attempted abortions, days after Democrats blocked a version of the measure in the Senate. (Photo: via Facebook-Rep. Ann Wagner)

The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 defines infants who survive abortions as "human beings," "persons," "individuals," and "children" with all the rights those terms entail, but doesn't mandate specific treatment for them. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would specifically require abortionists to get such babies to hospitals. The Act would also criminalize their deliberate killing after delivery.

On Wednesday, Republican Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise announced plans to file a discharge petition to force a vote on the bill in the Democrat-controlled House.

"I have been horrified to watch radical Democratic legislators argue that babies who survive abortions should not be given the same level of medical care that all other newborn babies receive," Wagner said. "Congress must act to protect those who cannot protect themselves ...To my colleagues, this is the simplest vote you will ever take: either you support babies being killed after they are born or you don't. It is time to go on the record and make clear if you think babies born alive deserve medical care, or if you think they should be left to die."

"Innocent life must be defended and protected at every stage, and that includes babies born alive during an abortion," Scalise declared. "The silence from Congressional Democrats is deafening and shameful. Every Member of Congress, regardless of party, needs to go on record against infanticide, and we must immediately take action to stop it. The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on this critical issue."

A discharge petition means that, if a bill receives the signatures of at least 218 House members (a majority), it can come to the House floor to be voted on regardless of House leadership's opposition. There are currently 199 Republicans in the House; to succeed, the petition would need to get 19 Democrats to break ranks with their party... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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