On Thursday, the U.S. Senate rejected the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would give basic medical care to children in the womb. All but two Democrats voted for it, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Bob Casey (D-PA). The final vote was 52-48, however, it needed 60 votes for passage.
“This vote shows just how extreme the majority of Senate Democrats are,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “This bill is not about abortion but pro-abortion groups and their allies in the Senate have tried to make it about abortion.”
Tobias continued, “There is no such thing as a ‘post-birth abortion.’ Allowing a child to die after birth is infanticide.”
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires that, when a baby is born alive following an abortion, health care practitioners must exercise the same degree of professional skill and care that would be offered to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. It also requires that, following appropriate care, health care workers must transport the child immediately to a hospital.
Current federal law does not sufficiently protect a child born following an abortion.
“Any Senator who opposed this legislation should be ashamed,” said Tobias. “After surviving the violence of abortion, these newborn babies should be given the chance to survive.”
The bill also failed in the last Congress due to a lack of bipartisan support. The new vote simply reaffirms the anti-life positions of many Senate Democrats.