Friday marks the 45th March for Life in Washington, D.C. Tens of thousands of pro-life activists have arrived in the nation's capital to defend the rights of unborn children. What better day to pass a piece of legislation that protects those precious lives.
PASSED: The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. All life is worthy of our protection, and as representatives of the people, it is our responsibility to make sure our laws reflect that. pic.twitter.com/kQtuMg2Esm— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) January 19, 2018
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act passed by a vote of 241-183. Many would agree that it's not only a piece of pro-life legislation, but one that is rooted in common sense. As you can see by the numbers, however, not everyone thought it was a good idea to try and save babies who had survived an abortion.
The law ensures that abortionists treat a baby who survived an abortion the same way they would treat any other baby, and give them medical care needed to keep them alive, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) explained on Twitter. Any abortionist who refuses to take care of the child will face the following penalties:
This bill contains criminal penalties or enforcement mechanisms to punish abortion providers who fail to give medical attention and care to these infants. It mandates that any child born alive after a failed abortion be transported to a hospital instead of remaining in the care of the abortionist. It requires that health-care practitioners and hospital employees report violations of the law, and it institutes penalties for the intentional killing of a born-alive child, including fines and up to five years imprisonment. The bill would also grant the woman on whom the abortion is performed civil cause of action and protection from prosecution if her child is not cared for after birth. (National Review)
Six Democrats voted for the bill: Matt Cartwright (PA), Henry Cuellar (TX), Jim Langevin (RI), Dan Lipinski (IL), Collin Peterson (MN) and Tim Walz (MN).
For the first time in history, a sitting president addressed the March for Life. Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Trump noted that more and more Americans support abortion restrictions.
"Every child is a precious gift from God," he said.