"If this isn't the most non-controversial sentence in American politics, it's time to check our national conscience: newborn babies must receive care and attention."

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement today after the House passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, announcing that he will introduce companion legislation in the Senate when Congress resumes its work on Monday.

"If this isn't the most non-controversial sentence in American politics, it's time to check our national conscience: newborn babies must receive care and attention. Societies are judged by how we care for the vulnerable and surely anyone with a heart— regardless of where they stand on the abortion debate— should be able to agree that our laws should protect newborns. I'm grateful that a bipartisan majority of the House stood up for babies and I look forward to introducing companion legislation in the Senate next week."

Background:

Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on a bipartisan vote of 248-177. The legislation finds that, when 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.

This legislation requires health care practitioners to exercise the same degree of professional skill and care to protect the infant as would be offered to any other child born alive at the same gestational age and requires that the living child, after appropriate care has been given, be immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.

Sasse will introduce companion legislation in the Senate on Monday.