President Donald Trump, along with other prominent Republicans, is hitting back at Senate Democrats after they blocked the “Born-Alive” bill that would protect babies born after a failed abortion.
The “shocking” block of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act has Republicans in fury due to the fact the bill “literally prevents doctors from committing infanticide.”
The president denounced Senate Democrats for voting “against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children.”
“The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth,” President Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday.
“This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.”
….This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2019
What is the “Born-Alive” bill?
The “Born-Alive” bill would “prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”
The bill would have fined practitioners and doctors, sentenced them to up to five years in prison, or both if they didn’t “preserve the life and health of the child” and “ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.”
Majority of Democrats vote against, while only a few side with Republicans
The bill received a final vote of 53-44.
As Fox News reported, three Democrats joined in supporting the bill, including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Doug Jones (D-Ala.), while Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) voted against the bill.
As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the floor prior to voting, he called the bill “simple.”
“… As any other newborn baby would receive, in any other circumstance, it isn’t about new restrictions on abortion. It isn’t about changing the options available to women. It’s just about recognizing a newborn baby is a newborn baby, period.”
Watch the video below:
.@senatemajldr McConnell brings Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to floor for consideration and a roll call vote.
"All baby girls and boys who are born alive, all of them, have their right to life respected and receive medical care that they need. pic.twitter.com/pOkHWGLk9H
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 25, 2019
Prior to voting on Monday, Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) urged her fellow colleagues to oppose to “Born-Alive” bill — even calling the medical treatment “inappropriate.”
“This bill intimidates providers and enforces physicians to provide inappropriate medical treatment, even when it’s not in the best interest of the patient or her family,” she said, turning the conversation to an attack on a woman’s decision, rather the importance of the lives of babies born.
Watch the video below:
.@SenTinaSmith urged the Senate to oppose a bill that would require doctors to provide medical care to babies born alive after failed abortions.
Senator Smith says the bill "intimidates providers" and "forces physicians to provide inappropriate medical treatment."
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) February 26, 2019
Republicans, however, took up the defense of the sanctity of life and protecting babies who are born after a failed abortion, calling it “unconscionable” and “inhumane” for Democrats to block the bill.
Republicans mirrored the president’s distaste toward Democrats blocking the bill:
Most Senate Democrats just voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
Many in the the “pro-science” party now favor letting newborn babies be denied medical care while funding radical proposals that would bankrupt the nation. https://t.co/5fSIYB87lO
— Sen. Kevin Cramer (@SenKevinCramer) February 25, 2019
Tonight, Senate Democrats blocked a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It’s unconscionable & inhumane that some in our country, especially members of Congress, are unwilling to take a stand and support the lives of newborns who survive an abortion attempt.
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) February 25, 2019
Democrats just rejected a bill to protect babies that survive a botched abortion.
— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) February 25, 2019
I’m extremely disappointed that Democrats once again blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Every baby deserves a chance to survive and should receive appropriate medical care. pic.twitter.com/Eu2UuO6Mv4
— Senator Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) February 26, 2019
I don't understand how anyone can say "no" to saving a child’s life, but tonight I watched 44 of my Senate colleagues vote “no” to protect the lives of born-alive abortion survivors. I will continue fighting for the lives of the unborn & the innocent babies who survive abortions
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) February 26, 2019
It is no surprise that today Senate Democrats voted in opposition to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. I cosponsored @SenSasse’s bill as this is common-sense legislation that would have protected the lives of newborn babies from infanticide, saving millions.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 25, 2019
Tonight Senate Democrats defeated a bill that would require abortion doctors to give life-saving care to babies born alive during abortions. This is a grave injustice. But the pro-life movement will keep fighting until our society recognizes & protects every human being.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) February 25, 2019
It’s no coincidence that more Americans have identified as pro-life over the past month as Democrats advocated for radical infanticide practices. This month, I started the process to force consideration on the House Floor of a bill to protect babies born alive during an abortion. https://t.co/48w316MEyd
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 25, 2019
I will proudly cast my vote in support of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act sponsored by Sen @BenSasse.
This is a strong statement in support of life, and I am hopeful that even the Democratic House will see this as a worthwhile, necessary piece of legislation.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 25, 2019
A bipartisan majority voted tonight to ensure care is given to infants who survive botched abortions. Sadly, a minority of senators justified blocking the bill by saying it limits access to abortions, which isn’t true. It's about babies, who are born alive, & deserve protection.
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) February 26, 2019
Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) is chiding Democrats for misrepresenting the born-alive bill: “My colleagues across the aisle are debating a bill that’s not in front of us. They are talking about health care for women, which is abortion. . . . This bill does not address abortion.”
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) February 25, 2019
This bill literally prevents doctors from committing infanticide, and @SenateDems just blocked it.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 26, 2019
Unbelievable: Motion to Proceed to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311)
Not invoked, 53-44
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) February 26, 2019
— Tim Burchett (@timburchett) February 25, 2019
As McConnell said, the bill would ensure medical professionals be held the same “ethical and professional responsibility” for the babies born alive, following an attempted abortion. However, it wasn’t enough for Senate Democrats as they blocked the bill.
“… Whatever the circumstances, if that medical professional comes face to face with a baby who has been born alive, they’re looking at a human being with human rights, period,” McConnell said.