President Trump blasted Democrats for defending infanticide after Senate Democrats unanimously voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have made it mandatory for doctors to provide medical care to babies who are born alive during an abortion.
“Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth,” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday. “This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.”
Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2019
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-NE, declares that “If 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, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.”
The measure needed 60 votes to pass, but the legislation failed by a vote of 53-44.
All the Democratic presidential hopefuls in the Senate voted against the bill, including Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Democrat Sen. Tammy of Illinois, who voted against it, argued the bill is a brazen effort “to bully doctors out of giving reproductive care,”
Red state Democrats Bob Casey (D., Penn.), Doug Jones (D., Ala.), and Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) voted to approve the act along with every Republican in the chamber, except for Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski who didn’t vote.
Ahead of the vote, the Trump administration endorsed the bill saying that it was necessary to “prevent infanticide.”
“The bill draws a sorely needed bright line of protection around abortion survivors by requiring that they be given the same level of care as any other premature infant,” the administration said. “A baby that survives an abortion, and is born alive into this world should be treated just like any other baby.”
The Senate’s vote comes after New York’s passage of the Reproductive Health Act in January, which allows women to have partial birth abortions – to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth.
The Vermont House also passed a bill on Feb. 21 that gives women the right to have elective late-term abortions up until birth.
President Bush signed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act into law in 2002, which Congress passed with unanimous consent. While the measure federally established that the terms “person”, “human being,” “child”, and “individual” include every infant born alive, even after an abortion, but it instituted no penalties for physicians who neglected to care for such infants.
Sasse’s Born-Alive Infants Protection Act would have mandated that a child born alive in an abortion clinic be transported to a hospital for further care, created criminal penalties for doctors who allow infants to die rather than providing medical care after attempted abortions and instituted penalties for intentionally killing a newborn, including fines and up to five years’ imprisonment.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is overwhelmingly popular with voters, including a vast majority of those who identify as pro-choice; 70 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of independents, and 86 percent of Republicans support providing care to newborns who survive abortion survivors, according to the McLaughlin & Associates poll released Wednesday.