Pro-life advocates gather near the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 18, 2019. Democrats in the Senate voted Feb. 25 almost uniformly to block the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that mandates elevated standards of care for live-born children that have survived an abortion procedure. Sponsors of a similar bill in the House held a news conference Feb. 26 about their version. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
WASHINGTON–Monday night, February 25, the Senate failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act—legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. The Senate rejected a motion to advance the bill on a vote of 53 to 44 with three not voting. In the Senate, 60 votes are needed to overcome a filibuster and pass a bill.
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement in response:
“There should be no bill easier for the Senate to pass than one that makes clear that killing newborn babies is wrong and should not be tolerated. That even one senator, let alone 44 senators voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, is an injustice that should horrify and anger the American people and commit us to decisive political action. A vote against this bill is a vote to extend Roe v. Wade’s license for killing unborn children to killing newborn babies. The American people, the vast majority of whom support this bill, must demand justice for innocent children.”