House Republicans move to force vote on Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

· February 6, 2019  
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House Republicans are moving to put Democrats on the record on infanticide.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced Wednesday that he will ask for unanimous consent to bring up the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act for a vote, a House version of Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse’s legislation to protect infants born alive after an attempted abortion. McCarthy tied his effort to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, in which Trump criticized the late-term abortion policies of Democrats in New York and Virginia.

One of the strongest statements [President Trump] made is for those World War II vets, who fought for the freedoms – that we will not have socialism in America. That he will stand up against it.

He also stood up for those who could not speak for themselves. The same that Ann Wagner is doing with her bill. This doesn’t have to be partisan, and it shouldn’t be. I applaud [Whip Scalise] for bringing out a discharge petition, but we shouldn’t have to get to a discharge petition.

That is why today I’ll ask for unanimous consent for the House to consider Ann Wagner’s Born-Alive Protection Act.

And you know what? If the Democrats object, we’ll ask again, and again, and again, because it is just right. It’s not a partisan issue; it’s an issue of saving a life that is already born. I think everyone can agree with that. It shouldn’t take time. We should actually solve this problem this week.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., are moving to force a vote if Democrats object to McCarthy’s request. They will file a discharge petition to expedite consideration of the bill and bring it directly to the House floor for a vote.

To succeed, the discharge petition will need signatures from 218 members of the House. Republicans only hold 199 seats, so Democratic support is necessary to expedite the bill.

This is a smart move. Even if Republicans don’t get a vote in the House on this infanticide ban, any Democrat who does not sign this discharge petition announces his or her opposition to legal protections for infants born alive after a failed abortion attempt.


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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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