A top Democrat has admitted his party will not allow a vote on a bill to stop infanticide. Congressman Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the house, admitted there are no plans yby Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats to bring up the Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act for a vote. That’s the bill that wouldrequire medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.
During a discussion with Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Congressman Hoyer made it clear that Democrats will not allow a vote on the bill.
His main excuse is that the legislation did not make it out of the Senate when Republicans controlled Congress — but he conveniently ignored the fact that Democrats blocked the bill in the Senate. Congressman Scalise said that the facts have changed since the last time the bill was considered and that those facts deserve new consideration, namely the fact that the state of New York approved a law that repeals its protections for babies who survive abortions.
“We will continue to pursue other tools that we have available as the growing momentum around the country builds,” Scalise said.
Here is the exchange:
This is the 31st time in total that 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 — 29 times in the House and twice in the Senate.
Rep. Michael Waltz, a Florida Republican, offered the unanimous consent request to allow a vote on the anti-infanticide bill but Democrats, as shown below, ruled it out of order. As they have done numerous times, after Democrats denied his request to vote on the bill, they cut off Congressman Waltz’s microphone so he could not object to their denying a vote.
After his request was blocked, he tweeted: “This shouldn’t be a controversial vote – babies born alive deserve full medical attention.”
Yesterday, Republican Whip Steve Scalise and Representative Ann Wagner moved forward with a discharge petition to force Speaker Pelosi to schedule a vote. That’s a petition any member of Congress can sign to allow legislation to move out of committee and to the House floor when the party controlling Congress refuses to allow a vote on it.
So far, 198 members have signed on, including three Democrats.