Two bills were killed in committee by Senate Democrats on Tuesday, Feb. 25th. The Democrats blocked the bill that would mandate medical care for babies that survive botched abortions.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
final vote was
four votes short of the 60 votes needed to move the bill to a full debate on the Senate floor and to a final vote on the bill. All Republicans voted in favor of the bill. Only three Democrats voted in favor: Joe Manchin (D-W. VA), Doug Jones (AL), and Bob Casey (PA).
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)
lead co-sponsor of the
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
defended the bill
"Let's be clear what we're talking about. We're talking about killing a baby that's been born. We're not talking about some euphemism, we're not talking about a clump of cells. We're talking about a little baby girl whose been born and is on a table in a hospital or a medical facility and then a decision or a debate would be had about whether or not you could kill that little baby."
The second bill,
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
, would have ended abortion after 5 months of pregnancy, by which time unborn babies can feel pain. This bill was also killed in committee by the Democrats.
Results from a
2019 Public Opinion Poll
published by The Susan B. Anthony List published show that 79% of Americans oppose abortion after seven months, and 55% of Americans oppose abortion after five months.
At JLL, we are very saddened about this vote. We believe all life should be protected from conception onward. Even those who identify as "pro-choice" can easily agree that after birth, babies should be given the chance to live.
-Bonnie Chernin, JLL Founder