WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Monday killed a bill that would have protected babies who are born alive during abortions as the legislative body was unable to obtain enough votes to overcome a filibuster.
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-NE, had filed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which required abortionists to obtain medical care for infants who are born alive during the procedure and to not simply allow the baby to die.
“Any health care practitioner present at the time the child is born alive shall exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child … and … ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital,” the legislation reads in part.
Sasse was clear that the bill did nothing to end abortion, but only related to survivors of the practice.
“I urge my colleagues to picture a baby that’s already been born—that’s outside the womb gasping for air. That’s the only thing that today’s vote is actually about,” he said. “We’re talking about babies that have already been born. Nothing in this bill touches abortion access.”
“I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether or not we’re okay with infanticide. It is too blunt for many people in this body, but frankly, that is what we’re talking about here today,” Sasse stated. “Are we a country that protects babies that are live, born outside the womb after having survived a
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