Democrats have once again blocked a bill with a very simple goal: to insure that infants who survive attempts to end their lives through abortion receive necessary medical care.
House Democrats on Feb. 28 rejected Republicans’ attempt to re-introduce legislation that would have required medical care for such babies, FOX News reported.
In a 220-187 vote, Democrats blocked Republicans from attaching the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act as an amendment to a bill on tobacco sales. The Senate’s version received a majority vote but did not reach the 60-vote limit needed to prevent a filibuster.
According to sponsor Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., Democrats declined to bring her bill to the floor 80 times. After Friday’s vote she wrote on Twitter:
“Democrats AGAIN blocked my bill requiring lifesaving medical care for babies who are born-alive. It breaks my heart to find that we must defend lifesaving care for newborn babies. I will not stop until we get a vote on this critically important bill.”
Only three Democrats supported the bill: Reps. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., Ben McAdams, D-Utah, and Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser ripped Democrats for “supporting infanticide.”
“Americans of all political stripes are disgusted by this extreme, inhumane position and we are confident that will be reflected at the ballot box this November,” she said in a statement provided to Fox News.
“President Trump stands ready to sign the popular, compassionate Born-Alive legislation into law. It is national Democrats — from the party’s leading presidential contenders to Nancy Pelosi — who stand squarely in the way of protecting these innocent children from being left to die.”
Tension surrounding Friday’s vote reflected a broader battle taking place in states across the country. State legislatures have been battling groups like Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to keep newly-passed abortion restrictions on the books.