Only Three Democrats Sign Petition to Allow Vote on Bill to Stop Infanticide

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 8, 2019   |   3:50PM   |   Washington, DC

Only three Democrats have signed the discharge petition in the House of Representatives to allow a vote on a bill to stop infanticide. Almost every Republican has signed the discharge petition for the bill to require doctors to provide medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortion.

Last week, 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 the three Democrats.

Scalise noted the need for 18 more Democrats to sign the petition. “We need 18 more Dems to sign on to get it to the floor,” the whip posted.

Last week, Democrats blocked the anti-infanticide bill for the 29th time. That was 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.

SIGN THE PETITION: Stop Infanticide! Stop Abortions Up to Birth!

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.”

Family Research Council has launched a new ad designed to put pressure on the Democrats to sign the petition.

“In New York, Virginia, Vermont, they’re expanding abortion, allowing killing after birth,” the ad says. “End birth day abortions. Urge Congress to protect the life of every newborn.”

“We are hoping a new ad about birth day abortions will get those phones ringing — especially in areas of the country where voters thought they were electing decent people who understood the value of a life,” said FRC president Tony Perkins. “FRC Action is launching commercials in congressional districts where we believe that enough pressure can turn the tide on infanticide.

The ad is targeting seven Democrats with phone calls to sign the petition:

  • Antonio Delgado, NY-19 # (202) 225-5614
  • Emanuel Cleaver, MO-05 # (202) 225-4535
  • Colin Allred, TX-32 # (202) 225-2231
  • Abigail Spanberger, VA-07 # (202) 225-2815
  • Sanford Bishop, GA-02 # (202) 225-3631
  • Cindy Axne, IA-03 # (202) 225-5476
  • Chris Pappas, NH-01 # (202) 225-5456

On Friday, a top Democrat 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 by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats to bring up the Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act for a vote. That’s the bill that would require medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.

ACTION: Contact members of Congress and urge them to sign the Discharge Petition to bring the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the House floor for a vote.