WASHINGTON DC.- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray yesterday blocked a vote on a bill from pro-life Senator Ben Sasse of R-Nebraska that would stop after-birth abortions nationwide.
The legislation would prohibit leaving babies to die without medical care if they are born alive after a failed abortion. Sasse described the procedure as infanticide. In brief comments on the Senate floor, Murray, objected to the bill and claimed that the legislation is not necessary. . .
Sasse’s bill, The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, would penalize doctors who do not attempt to provide medical care to an infant born alive after an abortion with up to five years in prison.
The bill also requires that an infant born in an abortion clinic be transferred to a hospital.
U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse strongly disagreed with Murray’s action.
“It doesn’t matter how they have entered this world; providing medical care for babies who have just been born is a human rights issue, Newhouse said. “The recent remarks made by the governor of Virginia show the need to take a stand against infanticide. I am deeply disappointed that the U.S. Senate – and senator from Washington state – could not come to unanimous agreement to approve legislation to require medical care for newborn children. This is a debate that goes beyond partisan politics. This is about the value our society places on newborn children.”
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers also objected.
“It’s heartbreaking that extreme party politics just superseded the principle of basic human dignity. With technology today, we can look into the womb and we can see the development of the baby day-by-day. It’s the most amazing thing in the world,” McMorris Rodgers said. “I urge Democrats in the Senate who blocked the Born Alive Abortion Protection Act to take a step back, look at the science, and consider what this means. It should be unthinkable to end the life of a living baby.”
In 2018, Rep. Newhouse cosponsored and voted for H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives.