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Catholic Bishops: ‘Beyond Comprehension’ Failed Anti-Infanticide Bill ‘Did Not Pass Unanimously’

Craig Bannister | February 26, 2019 | 2:59pm EST
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In a joint statement, two Virginia Roman Catholic bishops have expressed outrage and disbelief that an anti-infanticide bill was blocked by Senate Democrats on Monday.

In the statement posted online by the Arlington Diocese, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, and Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of Richmond call it “appalling and beyond comprehension” the bill did not pass unanimously. “We are appalled and outraged that Virginia’s U.S. Senators” Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) voted against the bill.

The full joint statement is presented below:

Virginia Bishops’ Statement on U.S. Senate’s Failure to Pass the
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

February 25, 2019

We are deeply dismayed and astounded that the U.S. Senate has failed to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). It is a matter of common sense and basic human decency to require, as S. 311 would have, that any health care practitioner present when a child is born alive following an abortion give the same degree of care to preserve the life and health of the child as would be given to any other newborn. That this bill did not pass unanimously – let alone even pass at all – is appalling and beyond comprehension. We are dismayed and outraged that Virginia’s U.S. Senators Warner and Kaine voted against this critical lifesaving legislation.

We urge the Senate to reconsider its decision as soon as possible.

This joint statement has been issued by Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, and Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of Richmond.

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