Pro-Life Leaders in U.S. House Continue to Push to Protect Babies

Pro-life legislators led by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) are still trying to force a floor vote to protect unborn babies in the Democrat-controlled House.

Through a discharge petition, these U.S. House leaders are trying to push for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, H.R. 962, which would criminalize infanticide by preventing abortionists from killing or neglecting babies who survive an abortion and would ensure that those babies receive the same care as any other baby. Abortionists who kill born-alive babies could face fines and up to five years in prison.

Thus far, Democrats have blocked Republicans 27 times in the U.S. House from taking a vote on the born-alive bill. The discharge petition needs 218 signatures to bypass Speaker Nancy Pelosi and bring the bill to the floor, meaning all Republicans and 21 Democrats would have to sign it.

“There is nothing controversial about extending access to medical care to all babies, no matter where or why they are born,” said Jessica Anderson, vice president of Heritage Action for America. “Opposition to this bill is immoral, and every member of the House should be lining up to sign the discharge petition to right this wrong.”

Interestingly, a recent Marist University poll shows a shift toward the pro-life viewpoint even as Democrats push for abortion up to birth.

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