Applying pressure to protect abortion survivors

Monday, March 4, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

premature infant in incubatorRepublicans in Congress are not giving up on their effort to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, but they will need help from across the aisle.

Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) has tried to get a vote on the bill, and several attempts have failed in the House. Jennifer Popik, legislative counsel at the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), tells OneNewsNow what happens next in the House.

"The strategy in the House has been that every day … a member of the House has gone out asking for unanimous consent for this bill, and they've been stopped by various members of the other side," she explains. "So what's going to happen is starting in April, Ann Wagner (R-MO) has the companion bill to the Ben Sasse bill from the Senate, and we're going to be pushing people, and a lot of people are going to be pushing people to sign a discharge petition."

Signatures from a majority of House members would force House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to allow a straight up or down vote on the measure. This plan's success, however, will take cooperation from moderate Democrats.

"I think that there's already a handful of Democrats in the House who support it," says Popik. "We did pick up three Democrats on the Senate vote, so I think we're going to apply some pressure. It's going to be a heavy lift, but I think this is something that hopefully Democrats can say, 'This is a step too far for my party, and I'm going to get on board.' So we're going to be pushing pressure."

All the law would do, for example, is if an abortionist performs a life-ending procedure on a baby at 24 weeks and that baby is born alive, then the abortionist would be required to provide the same degree of medical assistance to the infant as he or she would a premature baby born at the same gestation.

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