Sasse to Force Debate on Infanticide
Contact: James Wegmann, Press Office, U.S. Senator for Nebraska Ben Sasse, 202-224-4224
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2019 /Standard Newswire/ -- Following tonight's scheduled roll call votes, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse will ask unanimous consent to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
Last Thursday, Senator Sasse announced his plan to force a debate on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in the wake of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's comments and New York's repeal of state-level protections for abortion survivors.
"Everyone in this Senate ought to be able to say unequivocally that killing that little baby is wrong," said Sasse on Thursday. "I'm going to ask all 100 Senators to come to the floor and be against infanticide. This shouldn't be complicated."
WHAT: Unanimous consent request to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
WHEN: Today, February 4, 2019, after the 5:30pm (EST) vote series.
WHERE: Senate floor. Livestream available here.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would protect newborns that survive abortions by requiring appropriate care and admission to a hospital.
Sasse's legislation requires that, when an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, health care practitioners must exercise the same degree of professional skill and care to protect the newborn as would be offered to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. It also requires that the living child, after appropriate care has been given, be immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.
Currently federal law does not adequately protect a born child who survives an abortion.
On January 22, 2019, New York repealed protections (section 4164 of the state's public health law) for an infant born alive during an abortion.
On January 30, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam endorsed infanticide while discussing an extreme late-term abortion bill being considered in the state House of Delegates. After trying to walk-back his comments, Governor Northam doubled-down on January 31, declaring "I don't have any regrets."