As a new finding reveals at least 40 babies have been born after an attempted abortion in three states in recent years, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is reiterating his call for action to protect the infants.
Scalise is a vocal backer of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and has placed pressure on his Democratic colleagues to bring the bill up for a vote in the House of Representatives.
State records reported by Fox News show there have been 11 babies born in Minnesota since 2016 after botched abortions — three since 2018 — as well as 10 in Arizona since 2017 and 19 in Florida since 2017.
Scalise pointed to the reality of why he believes the Born-Alive Act is so crucial to pass — to ensure “ALL newborns access to life-saving care.”
“The Left likes to say it doesn’t happen,” he tweeted. “But state records confirm babies are in fact being born alive during abortions.”
He blasted his House Democratic colleagues blocking the vote 80 times as “shameful.”
On the flip side, Physicians for Reproductive Health fellow Dr. Diane Horvath told Fox News, “These data are likely reflecting cases in which a woman has a wanted pregnancy but is unable to continue it, where she makes the decision with her doctor to end the pregnancy through induction of labor.”
The Left likes to say it doesn’t happen. But state records confirm babies are in fact being born alive during abortions.
The Born Alive Act would guarantee ALL newborns access to life-saving care. Yet Dems have blocked it from a vote 80 times. Shameful. https://t.co/CC1hvjHPb1
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 19, 2019
Scalise, joined by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), filed a discharge petition for the bill in early April, but, six months later, it only gained three Democrats signature while all 197 Republicans signed it, as IJR Red previously reported.
“Is it really possible that only three Democrats in the House believe babies born alive during an abortion deserve medical care?” Scalise wrote in a Fox News op-ed published on Aug. 5, along with Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “As grim as it sounds, that’s the reality we face.”
The news of only three Democrats signing the discharge petition struck a nerve with other Republican lawmakers as well.
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) called it “unacceptable.”
“I repeat, Democrats are blocking a bill to require doctors to treat infants who’ve survived abortions,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) tweeted in response.