House Democrats Block Request to Vote on Bill to Stop Infanticide For an 8th Time

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 27, 2019   |   10:11AM   |   Washington, DC

Late Tuesday, a day after Senate Democrats voted to block a bill to stop infanticide, House Democrats blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a similar bill to require medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.

This is the 10th time Congressional Democrats thwarted an attempt by Republicans to vote on a bill that would provide medical care and treatment for babies who provide survived failed abortions — eight times in the House and twice in the Senate.

Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) offered the unanimous consent request to allow a vote on the anti-infanticide bill but Democrats, as shown below, ruled him out of order.

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After Democrats denied the vote, Congressman Palmer sent the following statement to LifeNews:

“It is unconscionable that Democrats have so far not even allowed a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This legislation simply offers legal protection to babies that are born alive upon delivery after a failed abortion procedure. The bill would require medical professionals to give the same care to these babies that they would give to any other. In short, it protects newborn children from infanticide. This should not be complicated. But Democrats are making their feelings known by refusing to vote on H.R. 962. They want abortion at any time, even after birth, and they are afraid to allow anyone in their party who might have a different opinion to vote their conscience.

“A child’s right to life is central to everything I believe. Abortions that occur late in a pregnancy are particularly gruesome, and the killing of an already delivered child is abhorrent to me. I am proud to support H.R. 962, as well as other legislation that protects the lives and rights of children when they are most vulnerable. I stand with my colleagues as we continue to implore the Democrat Speaker and Majority Leader to allow a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. We will keep giving Democrats the opportunity to save babies from infanticide, and I hope they will respond rightly and vote with us to end gruesome and inhumane acts of violence against newborn children.”

If the Democrats continue to block consideration of H.R. 962, after 30 legislative days, Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Wagner plan to file a motion to discharge the resolution from the Rules Committee.

The blocking of a vote on a bill to stop infanticide come even as national polling shows Americans — including people who are “pro-choice” on abortion — oppose abortion up to birth and infanticide. And doctors indicate abortions are never needed to protect a woman’s health and women admit having abortions on healthy babies.

And a new poll finds a massive 17 percent shift in the pro-life direction after Democrats have pushed abortions up to birth and infanticide nationally.

H.R. 962, introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), ensures that a baby born alive after a failed or attempted abortion receives the same medical care as any other newborn. It would also penalize doctors who allow such infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn following a failed abortion.  Reschenthaler is a cosponsor of this critical legislation.

Gianna Jessen shared her story of surviving an abortion with the House Judiciary Committee, of which Reschenthaler is a member:

“Instead of dying, after 18 hours of being burned in my mother’s womb, I was delivered alive in an abortion clinic in Los Angeles on April the 6th, 1977. My medical records state: ‘Born alive during saline abortion’ at 6 am. Thankfully, the abortionist was not at work yet. Had he been there, he would have ended my life with strangulation, suffocation, or leaving me there to die. Instead, a nurse called an ambulance, and I was rushed to a hospital. Doctors did not expect me to live. I did. I was later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which was caused by a lack of oxygen to my brain while surviving the abortion. I was never supposed to hold my head up or walk. I do. If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine?”