The Democratic Party failed to recognize a newborn’s right to receive urgent medical attention when several fellow party members rejected lifesaving legislation in the House, a Republican congresswoman has said.
Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) criticized House Democrats for repeatedly preventing the passage of her pro-life Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act, which would have given infants who survive an abortion procedure the same legal protections as any newborn. Hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities where the survivors were born would have been required under federal law to screen and treat the infants just like a normal baby.
“Democrats again blocked my bill requiring lifesaving medical care for babies who are born alive,” she said on Twitter. “It breaks my heart to find that we must defend lifesaving care for newborn babies.”
The final vote boiled down to 187 for and 220 against due to the Democrats deciding to block Republicans from adding the new rules as part of changes to a bill governing tobacco sales. Only three Democrats sided with Wagner in supporting the bill including Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.,) Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah,) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) according to Fox News.
An earlier vote on the same bill in the Senate attracted support from the majority, forcing the House to vote on the bill despite Democrats choosing not to vote on it dozens of times.
“The Democrat[ic] leadership has refused to put my legislation, lifesaving legislation the Born Alive Act on the floor 80 times this Congress,” Wagner told the House according to a C-Span video uploaded to YouTube. “I am grateful the U.S. Senate voted on the Born Alive Bill this week and the House must follow suit.”
Wagner was “appalled and saddened” that so many House Democrats do not support babies receiving lifesaving care after they are born, especially since 70 percent of voters who identify as Democrats support the legislation.
“Their representatives ignore their voices … [why] would you deny these innocent children that care and allow them to be discarded and left to die?” she said. “Denying lifesaving medical care to infants is a violation of our Constitution and an egregious offense against basic human dignity.”
Wagner vowed to continue bringing the legislation to a vote until the House finally passed it.
“Over the course of the past year radical legislators from New York to Illinois to Virginia have moved to strip protections for a baby who survives abortion,” she said. “I will not stop until we get a vote on this critically important bill.”