GOP Pushes to Force All House Members to Vote on Infanticide – Yea or Nay By Alex Madajian for CNS News
Republican House members held a press conference this week to announce the filing of a discharge petition to allow the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to be voted on. Twenty-five previous attempts to bring the bill to a vote were shut down by Democrats, who have a majority in the House.
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), “will protect babies born alive during attempted abortions from being killed,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House Republican Whip. “But Nancy Pelosi refuses to bring it to the floor for a vote,” he said. “That’s why I filed a discharge petition to bypass her.”
“Where does your representative stand on stopping infanticide?” Scalise tweeted on Tuesday. The discharge petition will “force every member to go on record & tell the American people EXACTLY where they stand on this barbaric practice. #LetUsVote #EndInfanticide.”
On Tuesday, all of the House Republicans except for 15 members were listed as co-sponsors of the legislation, as were three Democrats.
On Wednesday, Scalise tweeted that House Republicans had “formed a long line on the House floor” to sign the petition “that will force a vote on the Born Alive Act & make all members tell the American people where they stand on infanticide. Now let’s see if Democrats will join us. #LetUsVote.”
According to the legislation, H.B. 962, “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.”
At the press conference, Scalise was joined by many GOP House members, including Rep. Wagner, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.). Several survivors of late-term abortion, including Gianna Jessen, also attended.