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Latta: Dark Day in U.S. Senate as Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Fails to Advance

Washington, February 25, 2019 | Drew Griffin (202-225-6405)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was defeated in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 53-44. The legislation needed 60 votes to proceed.

“There is no justification for voting against this legislation. The Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act would require that a baby who survives an attempted abortion be provided the exact same health care as a baby born prematurely. It’s the morally right decision to pass this bill. It’s backed by science. It’s supported by nearly four out of every five Americans. Instead, 44 Democrats voted against the bill and supported a position completely outside of the mainstream. I thank Senators Manchin, Jones, and Casey for bucking their party on this important issue – but it’s disgraceful that they weren’t joined by more of their colleagues.

“As a member of the Pro-Life Caucus, we will continue to call up this legislation in the House until we are given a vote. The American people need to see how extreme the Democrats have become on this issue. I won’t stop standing up for the most innocent in our society.”

Latta recently authored an op-ed on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The Congressman joined a contingent of House members that walked to the Senate chamber this evening to show their support for the legislation.

All 50 Republicans present voted for the bill along with Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Bob Casey (D-PA).

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