February 6, 2020
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a staunch pro-life advocate, issued the following statement ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing next week on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
“Every baby deserves dignity and a fighting chance,” said Senator Sasse, “but current federal law doesn’t guarantee that. Last year, a bipartisan majority of the Senate voted for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, but we couldn’t break the abortion industry’s filibuster. This bill isn’t about Republican or Democratic politics, it’s about making sure the law protects newborn babies. I hope that my colleagues who didn’t vote for the bill will come to this hearing to hear from the medical and legal community. All of us love babies, and we should all agree to protect them.”
The Judiciary Committee’s hearing, “The Infant Patient: Ensuring Appropriate Medical Care for Children Born Alive,” will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Background: Senator Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would protect newborns that survive botched abortions by requiring appropriate care and admission to a hospital. Sasse's legislation simply requires that, when a botched abortion results in the live birth of an infant, that infant must be given the same degree of care that would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. Currently, federal law does not adequately protect a born child who survives an abortion, and legislation in multiple states is being enacted to keep these heartless laws in place, or instate new protections for infanticide.
On January 24,2017, Senator Sasse reintroduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in an effort to save unwanted newborn babies and provide them with the same care that wanted babies receive.
After Virginia Governor Ralph Northam endorsed infanticide while discussing a bill in the Virginia House of Delegates that would legally allow infanticide by giving doctors and mothers the choice of providing care for a living newborn baby, Senator Sasse reintroduced his legislation on January 15, 2019.
On February 4, 2019, Senator Sasse took to the floor and asked unanimous consent to pass this legislation to ban infanticide. The legislation was blocked in a cold rebuke of life.
On February 25, 2019, Senator McConnell held a roll call vote on the Senate floor on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This bill was thwarted by a filibuster despite a bipartisan majority of 53-44.