Latta: Senate Democrats' Obstruction of Abortion Survivor Legislation is Shameful
Congressman Latta has cosponsored companion legislation in the House
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) is criticizing Senate Democrats after they blocked legislation, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, from coming to the floor last evening. Latta has long supported the House version of this legislation and is a cosponsor of the bill this Congress.
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) attempted to bring the legislation up by unanimous consent, but that request was blocked by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).
“Over the past two weeks, Americans have been appalled at the discussions occurring in a number of state legislatures as it relates to late-term abortions,” said Latta. “I personally was shocked when I heard Virginia Governor Ralph Northam describing a situation where a baby – born alive – would be “kept comfortable” while a discussion ensues between the physician and the mother about what should be done. There’s only one moral answer about what should be done – every effort must be made to save that baby.
“I’ve long-supported the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and Senator Ben Sasse made the right decision to try to bring it to the Senate floor yesterday in light of recent legislative efforts and comments. It’s disgraceful that the legislation was blocked, and it shows just how radical the positions of abortion advocates – and their allies in Congress – have become.”
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which was introduced in the House today, builds on legislation passed by Congress in 2002, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. That legislation passed the Senate by unanimous consent at the time and clarified that any baby that is born alive at any stage of development is a “person” in the eyes of the Federal law.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act further clarifies that a baby that is born alive as the result of an attempted abortion must be administered reasonable care and be transported immediately to a hospital.