As tens of thousands gather in Washington, D.C. to stand up against abortion at the March for Life — the single largest annual march for human rights — the House of Representatives announced the passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The bill saves babies who survive an abortion; instead of being murdered by strangulation or other means, medical professionals are now compelled by federal law to try to save the human life.
As noted by LifeNews, "The bill would amend existing U.S. law to 'prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.'"
All Republicans voted for final passage, but only six Democrats voted in favor of it.
“This bill states simply that if a baby is born after a failed abortion attempt, he or she should be given the same medical care as a baby born any other way," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). "In line with our longstanding commitment to empower women, mothers will never be held criminally accountable. However, doctors who fail to provide medical care to newborns will be held criminally accountable. There is absolutely no ambiguity here. This is about protecting babies who are born and alive, and nobody should be against that.”
Both President Donald Trump, in his historic address, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan praised the passing of the bill to the massive March for Life crowd; Trump, from the White House, and Ryan from the stage.
Health care practitioners present when a child is born alive during an abortion procedure are required, at the risk of fines and imprisonment, to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age” and “ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.”
Finally, babies who survive an abortion will be treated the same as all other babies born alive.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise told LifeNews that the "bill protects babies who survive a botched abortion attempt by imposing criminal penalties on abortionists who intentionally harm, kill, or harvest body parts of these innocent lives. It’s unconscionable that as a country we would allow the the murder or harm of babies born alive, and those who disregard human life in that way should face the most serious consequences."
"I am proud that we passed this strong pro-life legislation on a day when hundreds of thousands of Americans from across the country came to our nation’s capital and stood up for those most vulnerable among us in the annual March for Life," he added. "There is nothing more honorable than fighting for the right to life, and my full support is with those who are marching today."