Senate Democrats object to Sasse bill protecting infant lives
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse's Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is legislation that would give infants who survive an attempted abortion certain legal protections. The measure came to the Senate floor last week. But rather than allow debate on the bill, Democrats objected, continuing their increasingly bizarre march toward unrestricted abortion:
Democratic senator Patty Murray of Washington objected to the bill on the floor, preventing it from receiving unanimous consent. Murray claimed that the legislation is unnecessary because there are already legal prohibitions on infanticide. Murray was the only Democratic senator to come to the Senate floor this evening and left immediately after objecting.
Republicans aren't going to let the matter end there:
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell affirmed his support for Sasse’s legislation and hinted that he’d be willing to bring it to the floor for a roll-call vote. “I hope that none of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle invent any reasons to block this request later today,” McConnell said. “That would make quite a disturbing statement. If they do inexplicably block Senator Sasse’s effort, I can assure them that this will not be the last time we try to ensure that all newborns are afforded this fundamental legal protection.”
In response to Murray’s objection, Sasse noted the recent abortion expansion in New York, which contradicted her claim by removing protections for newborn infants. And, in fact, only 26 states have affirmative protections for children born alive after attempted abortions. The Nebraska senator’s renewed effort to push the bill comes on the heels of Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s recent comments appearing to defend allowing some newborn infants to die, depending on the circumstances and their mother’s wishes.
“We are actually talking about babies that have been born. The only debate on the floor tonight is about infanticide. . . . This is about fourth-trimester abortion,” Sasse said on the floor this evening, after quoting Northam’s remarks. “Everyone in this Senate ought to be able to say that the little baby deserves life, that she has rights, and that killing her is wrong.”
That would seem to be asking too much of some politicians.