People on all sides of the abortion issue are going to be watching the U.S. Senate on Monday.
The Senate is expected to vote on Monday, February 25, on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S.311). The bill's sponsor, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), says "a lot of senators spend a lot of time telling people how they fight for the little guy. Well, here's the chance for them to prove it." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a roll call vote – which should provide the opportunity described by Sasse.
OneNewsNow spoke with Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, headquartered in Washington, DC.
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Arizona lawmakers have thwarted an effort to legally allow babies born alive in abortions to die.
Arizona has in place laws that require abortionists to help babies born alive during abortions. Cindy Dahlgren of the Center for Arizona Policy tells OneNewsNow that State Representative Raquel Teran (D) tried to undo it.
"House Bill 2696 was set to repeal updates that were put in place in 2017 to a law that had been on the books for 44 years," she explains, "and that law was designed to require abortion providers to use all available means and medical skills to save the life of a baby born alive during an abortion."
According to Dahlgren, the 2017 measures simply put some teeth into the existing law.
"It gave them the equipment and clear standard to really do what the original law required them to do," she continues. "And it was based on two real-life scenarios where babies were born alive during abortions and then were left to die. One of them lived for more than an hour."
Teran's bill to overturn both laws made it no further than committee. The House Judiciary Committee voted 8-0 against the bill, perhaps influenced by up to 600 pro-lifers who were peacefully demonstrating at the capitol.
"There actually are babies who survive abortions," she begins, "and the abortionist can either, like Kermit Gosnell, find a way to kill the baby; or in many cases the baby is just put off to the side and left abandoned until he or she dies .... This bill ... would say that anybody involved in that abortion is responsible for taking care of that child."
Although the measure currently is backed solely by Republicans, Tobias says she's not sure how a couple of Republican senators will vote – and adds that possibly two Democrats will vote for the bill.
"But otherwise, we are going to see a pretty straight party-line split with Republicans supporting protection for those babies who survived an abortion, and Democrats opposing any requirement that the child be taken care of in any manner," she continues.
The NRLC leader is urging all voters – "whether they're pro-life or pro-abortion" – to contact their senators and encourage them to pass Senate Bill 311 "to protect those babies."
Last week, Sasse asked for unanimous consent to pass S.311, but some Democrats blocked that request. The bill has 49 co-sponsors – all Republicans.