The Senate failed to break a filibuster on a bill that Republicans say would guarantee additional protections to an infant who survives an abortion or attempted abortion. The bill (S.311) by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) would not outlaw abortion at any stage of pregnancy, but rather seek to provide protections for an infant who survives the procedure. The House and Senate look to bring it up again.
“I want to thank the Majority Leader for scheduling this vote so that every American can know where their Senator stands on the issue of infanticide. A lot of Senators spend a lot of time telling people how they fight for the little guy. Well, here’s the chance for them to prove it. We’re going to have a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and everyone is going to have to put their name by their vote. It’s cowardly for a politician to say they’ll fight for the little guy but only if the little guy isn’t an actual seven-pound baby who’s fighting for life. It shouldn’t be hard to protect newborn babies – let’s pass this legislation.”
Those against argue there is already a law in place requiring an infant to receive medical care if it is to be born alive after an abortion. Opponents say this is nothing more than an attempt by Republicans to strip away more protections from a women’s right to determine what is best for her reproductive health. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) said, “We have laws against infanticide in this country. This is a gross misinterpretation of the actual language of the bill that is being asked to be considered, and therefore I object [to this legislation].”