Scalise Vows to Force a Vote on Born Alive Bill After House Democrats Side-Step Legislation Yet Again

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is using every effort to make sure the Born Alive bill is brought to the House of Representatives’ floor for a vote.

On Monday, House Democrats blocked a vote for the 19th time on the bill, which seeks to protect babies born alive after a failed abortion, following the Senate’s move to block a vote on the legislation last month.

Scalise, along with Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), announced Tuesday they’re filing a discharge petition on April 2 for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to push back at Democrats’ opposition of the legislation.

In order for the discharge petition to force a House vote, it will need to garner the signatures of not only all 197 Republicans but also 21 Democrats.

“As Speaker Pelosi refuses to allow a vote on this legislation to defend and protect innocent life, we are taking matters into our own hands,” Scalise said in a statement. “This effort is not just about going on the record, it’s about taking concrete action to end infanticide.”

Rep. Rick Allen (R-Ga.) requested unanimous consent for the Born Alive bill on Monday, but it was shot down by House Democrats.

The Born Alive legislation:

  • “Requires that health care practitioners who are present at the live birth exercise skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child—the same degree of care that would be offered to any other child born prematurely the same gestational age. After those efforts, the health care workers must transport and admit the child to a hospital.

  • Requires health care practitioners and hospital employees to report violations to law enforcement authorities, reducing the number of born-alive abortions that go unreported.

  • Penalizes the intentional killing of a born-alive child through fines or up to 5 years imprisonment.

  • Gives the mother of the abortion survivor a civil cause of action and protection from prosecution, recognizing that women are the second victims of abortion and promoting the dignity of motherhood.”

“As radical states and legislators have begun promoting not just late term abortions but infanticide, it is more important than ever that we come together to protect America’s women and children with lifesaving medical care during the moments they cannot protect themselves,” Wagner said in a statement.

On February 25, Senate Democrats came under fire from their Republican colleagues, including President Donald Trump, for their “shocking” vote in blocking the Born Alive bill, as IJR Red reported.

“This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress” the president declared in a tweet at the time. “If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.”

“The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on this issue of life or death,” Scalise said in Tuesday’s announcement.

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