Montana Governor Steve Bullock Vetoes Bill to Stop Infanticide, Care for Babies Born Alive

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 9, 2019   |   5:44PM   |   Helena, MT

A third state governor, Montana’s Steve Bullock, used his veto power Wednesday to block legislation to protect newborn babies from infanticide.

Bullock vetoed state Senate Bill 354, saying the legislation has “little to do with the health of infants or women,” Politico reports. The Montana Born-Alive Infants Protection Act requires that babies who survive abortions be provided with the same medical care as any other infant born at that stage of development.

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser slammed Bullock’s abortion extremism in a statement.

“Once again Governor Bullock sides with abortion extremists, going so far as to veto compassionate, popular legislation designed to provide care for children who survive failed abortions,” Dannenfelser said. “Governor Bullock is no moderate when it comes to abortion, and we’re exposing his extremist record to the voters.”

Her organization also announced a $200,000 ad campaign to expose Bullock’s extremism.

Earlier this spring, North Carolina and Wisconsin Govs. Roy Cooper vetoed and Tony Evers threatened to veto similar legislation in their states.

Meanwhile, nationwide polling released by SBA List found that 77 percent of voters, including 70 percent of Democrats, support legislation to ensure that a baby who survives a failed abortion be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age (55 percent strongly support).

Currently, 19 states do not have laws requiring medical care for babies born alive after botched abortions, according to research by Americans United for Life.

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Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the personal testimonies of nurses and abortion survivors themselves, indicate that babies do sometimes survive abortions.

According to data from the CDC, at least 143 babies were born alive after botched abortions between 2003 and 2014 in the U.S., though there may be more. Research by the American Center for Law and Justice estimated the number was 362 between 2001 and 2010.

Pro-life lawmakers are working to crack down on infanticide across the nation. States including, Kentucky and Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Alabama have considered legislation to protect abortion survivors from infanticide this spring.

At the federal level, pro-abortion Democrats in the U.S. House have blocked a national bill to protect infants who survive abortions 38 times this spring.

A similar bill narrowly failed in the U.S. Senate earlier this year. Every single Democrat in the Senate who is running for president voted against the bill, which would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who are born alive after botched abortions. That includes Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Amy Klobuchar.

Some states never have passed laws to protect abortion survivors, while at least one other, New York, recently repealed its law requiring medical care for infants who survive abortions.

ACTION: Contact the governor’s office.