Born-Alive Infant Bill Fails in U.S. Senate

Despite a 53-44 vote in favor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would guarantee medical care to babies who survive abortions, the U.S. Senate failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Democrat filibuster.

While some staunch Democrats tried to mischaracterize the bill by saying it was about limiting a woman’s “right to an abortion,” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), who introduced the current version of the bill, countered with, “[T]his bill is not actually about anything that limits abortion. This bill doesn’t have anything to do with Roe v. Wade. . . . What this bill does is try to secure basic rights, equal rights for babies that are born and are outside the womb.”

According to a McLaughlin and Associates poll released earlier this month, 77 percent of Americans support the bill’s protections.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said, “The tragedy today is that even though a majority of Senators voted to protect infants born alive during an abortion, the ‘new math’ of the Congress means this is still a loss.”

Republican Rep. Ann Wagner and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise hope to garner 218 signatures on a discharge petition, which would force a vote on the bill in the House.

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