When it comes to protecting babies born alive after a failed abortion, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is continuing to be there to defend them.
Scalise, along with Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) filed a discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act — the bill was earlier blocked for a vote —on April 2 to put pressure on House Democrats to bring the bill for a vote. However, although the bill would need all of the 197 Republicans signatures, it’d also need 21 Democrats, but since, it’s only garnered three of House Democrats support.
It’s been six months of GOP lawmakers advocating for the bill, marked on August 5, and Scalise is wondering, “What is Speaker Pelosi afraid of?”
The Republican lawmaker, joined by Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, wrote a Fox News op-ed published on Monday, expressing frustration over the lack of backing of the petition.
“Every single baby born in America deserves proper medical care and attention. That’s just common sense. Yet we continue to learn of cases — far too many — where babies are born alive during an attempted abortion, denied that crucial medical care, and left to die.”
While labeling Democrat’s opposition an “outrage,” the lawmaker said the Born-Alive bill “is narrow in scope, addresses a real problem, and saves lives.”
“Yet, while all 197 Republicans signed the petition, only three Democrats were willing to do so. Is it really possible that only three Democrats in the House believe babies born alive during an abortion deserve medical care? As grim as it sounds, that’s the reality we face.”
I filed a discharge petition to bypass Pelosi and force a vote on @RepAnnWagner’s #BornAlive Act to protect babies who survive attempted abortions. Every Republican has signed the petition. But it’s been 6 months and only 3 Democrats have been willing to sign it. That’s shameful.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 5, 2019
Echoing Scalise, Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) also called out congressional Democrats for not signing the petition as only “1.3% of House Democrats” did so.
“I repeat, Democrats are blocking a bill to require doctors to treat infants who’ve survived abortions,” he said.
Check out reactions from Republican lawmakers below:
And just 1.3% of House Democrats have signed a petition to force Speaker Pelosi to bring the #BornAliveAct to the House floor.
I repeat, Democrats are blocking a bill to require doctors to treat infants who’ve survived abortions. https://t.co/R6lzol8b4O
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) August 5, 2019
Yet, six months have gone by without a vote. 80 times we have asked for unanimous consent, and 80 times we have been blocked. #EndInfanticide
— Rep. Kevin Brady (@RepKevinBrady) August 5, 2019
Six months ago today, the #BornAliveAct was introduced. For six months, Speaker Pelosi and Democratic leadership has blocked a vote on this critical issue. That is unacceptable. No matter the obstacles, I will work tirelessly to #EndInfanticide. pic.twitter.com/fFv31iUA1t
— Rep. Rob Wittman (@RobWittman) August 5, 2019
— U.S. Rep. Billy Long (@USRepLong) August 5, 2019
Guaranteeing medical care for babies who survive abortions is neither controversial or partisan, but @HouseDemocrats have blocked the #BornAliveAct more than 80 times this year. @SpeakerPelosi, will you please help us #EndInfanticide? pic.twitter.com/rjxb8227zb
— Rep. Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyPA) August 5, 2019
Pro-life representatives have called for a vote on the #BornAliveAct 81 times. House Democratic leadership has blocked the vote each time. When will they decide to stand up and #EndInfanticide? pic.twitter.com/8APZ4Q74x4
— Rep. Glenn Grothman (@RepGrothman) August 5, 2019
The #BornAliveAct has bipartisan support and deserves a vote in the House – the smallest and most vulnerable among us deserve nothing less.
All Americans, regardless of party should be able to agree: preserving the life of a newly born child is necessary. pic.twitter.com/TNrYPp2Mgd
— Rep. Pete Olson (@RepPeteOlson) August 5, 2019
Today marks 6 months since the #BornAliveAct that I cosponsored, which would require that a child born alive after an attempted abortion receive appropriate treatment & be transferred to a hospital, was introduced. It is time to pass this common-sense bill.
— Francis Rooney (@RepRooney) August 5, 2019
— Rep. Andy Harris, MD (@RepAndyHarrisMD) August 5, 2019
“Americans who do not support abortion should not be forced to pay for abortions, and yet the Democrat candidates are pledging to funnel taxpayer dollars to abortion businesses,” he wrote.