House Democrats Refuse to Allow Vote Against Infanticide -- For 17th Time

Michael W. Chapman | March 13, 2019 | 3:47pm EDT
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( – On Tuesday, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives refused to allow a bill that would protect babies that survive an abortion to move forward for consideration and a vote by members of Congress. This was the 17th time the Democrats have stopped the bill since they took control of the House in January.

H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, was introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) on Feb. 5, 2019. The legislation says, “If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States,” and the infant must receive immediate medical care and be admitted to a hospital.  


On the House floor on Tuesday, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) addressed the acting Speaker of the House, “Madame Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from further consideration of H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and ask for it’s immediate consideration in the House.”

The acting Speaker then said, “Under guidelines issued by successive Speakers and recorded in Section 956 of the House Rules and Manual, the Chair is constrained not to entertain the request unless it’s been cleared by the bipartisan floor and committee leadership.”

In other words, the request has to be okayed by the Majority in the House to move forward for consideration and a vote, which the Majority refuses to do.

Rep. Johnson was the 17th member of the House to make the unanimous consent request since early February.

“It is a shocking reality that the majority party in the people’s House refuses to allow a vote to protect the lives of newborn babies,” said Rep. Johnson on Wednesday.  “For the 17th time, House Democrats denied our request to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the floor.”

“This bill simply affords infants born alive during a failed abortion attempt the same care any other newborn would receive,” he said.  “I cannot comprehend how any person could justify standing in the way of these children and the lifesaving care of a physician -- but that is the position of today's Democratic party.”

“My conservative colleagues and I will not give up on this issue, and we will continue to be a voice for the voiceless,” said the representative.


On Feb. 25, 44 Senate Democrats voted against ending a filibuster on a similar born-alive protection bill.

At the time, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth....”


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