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Pro-life House leaders hold press conference condemning Senate Dems for killing the Born-Alive Legislation

By Dave Andrusko

Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of federal legislation for National Right to Life, stressed the need for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act during a press conference on the Hill.

This morning, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and five of her pro-life House colleagues held a press conference to condemn Senate Democrats for failing to Advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311), sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). The final vote was 53-44 with all but three Democrats voting to block the bill from receiving the 60 votes necessary to move S.311 forward (“invoke cloture”). The bill would extend federal legal protection to babies who are born alive during an abortion.

In the House, Democrats have erected a procedural hurtle which prevents a similar bill from being heard. Along with her colleagues, Wagner urged House members to sign onto a “discharge petition” to force the same legislation to a vote on the floor of the House.

A discharge petition is a procedural tactic to circumvent the Speaker of the House when the Speaker opposes a measure. It allows an absolute majority of the House (218 lawmakers) to force a floor vote on a bill, even if pro-abortion leaders oppose the measure.

Rep. Wagner was joined by Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tx.), and several prolife organizations who all made remarks. The message was united in expressing shock over the 44 members of the United States Senate who voted to protect what amounts to infanticide: willfully withholding life-saving care from a born-alive infant.

Center: Jennifer Popik, NRL director of federal legislation, flanked by pro-life Congresswomen Jacki Walorski (IN) and Ann Wagner (MO), lead sponsor of the Born-Alive legislation.

Action on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act comes on the heels of enormous controversy in New York and Virginia. In January, the New York legislature passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed, the so-called “Reproductive Health Act.” Among other provisions, the law repealed protections for infants born alive during an attempted abortion. Previously, New York law stipulated that a second physician be present to care for a child 20 weeks or older born alive during an abortion.

In Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) waded into the debate over a New York-style measure in the Commonwealth. In a radio interview during the Virginia legislature’s debate over the “repeal bill,” Northam said an infant born alive during an attempted abortion wouldn’t necessarily be entitled to immediate treatment other than being made “comfortable.” His comments touched off a torrent of criticism.

Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of Federal legislation for National Right to Life, told reporters,

You have to ask yourself, can we really trust the abortionist, who was seconds earlier, was attempting to end this life of this baby, to now provide treatment? We need clear standards of medical care for babies born-alive. That is why we need this enhanced version of the Born-Alive legislation.

We are appalled that pro-abortion Democratic senators would filibuster the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. They need to explain to tell their constituents why their allegiance to the abortion industry agenda should allow a practice that is tantamount to infanticide.

We call on all members of the House to sign the discharge petition and bring this bill to the floor for a vote. Let the American public see how much they truly care for the most vulnerable among us.

Documentation on the history of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 (1 U.S.C. §8) and related issues is available on the NRLC website at: www.nrlc.org/federal/bornaliveinfants.

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VICTORY in a major battle for LIFE IN MARYLAND!

In a stunning turn of events this past Saturday, February 23rd, Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch announced withdrawal of his bill, HB 1031, which threatened to enshrine unrestricted abortion on demand in the Maryland state constitution.

Laura Bogley Knickman, Maryland Right to Life Director of Legislation

This was the most extreme abortion legislation currently under consideration in America today.

Maryland’s success in getting the bill pulled was undoubtedly aided by the public furor that developed over the recent outrageous pro-abortion statement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

Maryland Right to Life’s staff, chapter leaders, and many hundreds of dedicated volunteers played a significant role in this victory for the unborn.

Many thought Maryland was a bellwether state for abortion legislation and expected that Maryland’s fall would have given pro-abortion activists in other states new energy to pursue pro-abortion legislation in their state legislatures.

As a result, many thousands of lives, not just in Maryland but in other states as well, were saved by this reprieve.

Maryland Right to Life (MDRTL) utilized social media, letter writing and call campaigns, grassroots personal lobbying efforts throughout the state to contact key legislators. In addition, MDRTL’s new Director of Legislation, Laura Bogley Knickman, utilized innovative lobbying strategies in the General Assembly to optimize the effect of MDRTL’s army of pro-life advocates to send a powerful message:

WE WILL RESIST ABORTION ON DEMAND, FOR ANY REASON, THROUGHOUT PREGNANCY.

Maryland Right to Life still faces a threat from Physician-Assisted Suicide legislation which has been aided by the last election which provided some additional PAS support from newly elected legislators in both the House and Senate.

Maryland Right to Life was very pleased to have two freshman legislators introduce significant pro-life bills in this session. Delegate Robin Grammer of Baltimore introduced Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 975), and Delegate April Rose (Carroll County) introduced an informed consent bill, the Women’s Right to Know Act (HB 1075).

Hearings are still scheduled for several pro-life bills including Pain Capable and Women’s Right to Know on Friday, March 8th.

Delagate Robin Grammer (Baltimore)
Laura Bogley Knickman
Delegate April Rose (Carroll County)

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PPFA celebrates defeat of bill to treat abortion survivors

By Dave Andrusko

I mean this sincerely. Is there anything that could be done to an unborn baby in her mother’s womb that Planned Parenthood would say, “No, of course not. This goes too far, even for us.”

Answer? Of course not. Suck them out, dismember them, poison them—what difference does that make? The objective is to get those babies dead.

How this is accomplished is between the aborting women and her abortionist. If the baby were to suffer unimaginable pain, well such is the price of “bodily autonomy.”

I also mean this sincerely. What if a baby makes it through the abortion mill’s gauntlet and is born alive? Is there anything that could be done (besides, perhaps, wrapping her in a blanket) to save that baby that would be obligatory? That is, you must do because it is what is normally done to any premature baby born at the same age?

And the answer, of course, is no. Which is why Planned Parenthood celebrated the defeat of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Proponents had a majority but (thanks to nearly uniform Democrat opposition) not the 60 votes necessary to move forward (“invoke cloture”).

Here a couple of examples:

And from the President of PPFA

“Shame women”? “To require that medical professionals give the same standard care and medical treatment to newborn babies who have survived an attempted abortion as any other newborn baby would receive in any other circumstance,” as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday? Does even Dr. Wen believe this drivel?

“Stoke fear and division”? You mean among the 77% of Americans who agree that “a baby who survives a failed abortion would be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age”? I think it is Dr. Wen who is stoking division, wouldn’t you agree?

“Limit our access to health care and take way our rights”? Whose “health care” is being limited? The abortion survivor’s! Whose “rights” are being taken away? The child who no longer is insider her mother’s womb, that’s who.

What has taken place in states like New York and Virginia and Vermont and New Mexico and Illinois, to name just a few, someday will be seen as the bottoming out of the anti-life ethos. With a manufactured “crisis” about the overturning of Roe in the next 15 minutes, they are obliterating all limitations on abortion throughout all “40 weeks” (to quote the sponsor of the Virginia “Repeal Bill”) and declared open season on abortion survivors.

It is the natural progression (in a manner of speaking) of the anti-life ethos. There can never, ever be enough abortions. There can never, ever be requirements to treat abortion survivors as human beings with human rights.

They must be stopped.

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Senate Democrats voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children who survive abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Last night, shortly after Senate pro-abortion Democrats did what they are programmed to do—defending infanticide (“fourth trimester abortion”)—pro-life President Donald Trump blasted them in two tweets reproduced below. In just four sentences the President cut through all the anti-life rationalizations trotted out on the floor of the Senate why it is perfectly okay not to treat babies who survive the best efforts of Planned Parenthood abortionists to kill them.

As a poll conducted earlier this month conclusively demonstrated, the 44 Senators who voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act are completely out of step with the public. A survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associate of 1,000 likely general election voters found that 77% agree that “a baby who survives a failed abortion would be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age.”

But the consciences of pro-abortion Democrats are so deadened to normal human empathy that they believe we owe nothing to a little baby who miraculously beats the odds. Make the baby “comfortable,” was the counsel January 30 of embattled Va. Gov. Ralph Northam. Anything beyond that was up to the mother who had okayed the death of her child and the abortionist who has been foiled in his best attempts to snuff out the child’s life.

But that’s not how President Trump sees it. “One of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress,” the President said. To anyone not in the grip of the Planned Parenthood/NARAL/EMILY’s List, that is self-evidently true. To those who take their marching orders from this unholy trio, it’s just another opportunity to prove there is nothing—nothing—they will condemn if opposition can somehow be converted into support for “reproductive rights.”

I was in the office last night when the Senate voted 53-44 to proceed with a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). But on a near-straight party vote, pro-abortion Democrats blocked the bill from receiving the 60 votes necessary to move forward (“invoke cloture”).

Those Senate Democrats who have already signaled they are running for President in 2020 were there to thwart extending legal protection to babies who are born alive following an abortion: Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Bernie Sanders (VT), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Cory Booker (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and Kamala Harris (CA).

Remember those six names when they trot out their “sympathy” for every underdog but the most vulnerable, the most powerless, and the most defenseless of all: the unborn child. Remember as well House Democrats who are thwarting a vote on a House version by ruling that a request for unanimous consent to move forward is “out of order.”

We’re running excerpts from several of the pro-life statements made last night as well as an examination/critique of an Associated Press story so vile you almost want to avert your eyes.

Keep strong. Evil will not rule the day indefinitely.

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Rep. Reschenthaler Fights to Protect Abortion Survivors, Stop Infanticide

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) furthered Republican efforts to force a vote on H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which protects babies born alive after failed abortions. This marks the seventh time Democrats have said no to protecting these children and stopping infanticide.

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler

“This should not be a partisan issue. It is time for Democrats to show us whether they stand against infanticide or if they think leaving babies to die after being born is acceptable,” stated Reschenthaler.

H.R. 962, introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), ensures that a baby born alive after a failed or attempted abortion receives the same medical care as any other newborn. It would also penalize doctors who allow such infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn following a failed abortion. Reschenthaler is a cosponsor of this critical legislation.

Gianna Jessen shared her story of surviving an abortion with the House Judiciary Committee, of which Reschenthaler is a member:

“Instead of dying, after 18 hours of being burned in my mother’s womb, I was delivered alive in an abortion clinic in Los Angeles on April the 6th, 1977. My medical records state: ‘Born alive during saline abortion’ at 6 am. Thankfully, the abortionist was not at work yet. Had he been there, he would have ended my life with strangulation, suffocation, or leaving me there to die. Instead, a nurse called an ambulance, and I was rushed to a hospital. Doctors did not expect me to live. I did. I was later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which was caused by a lack of oxygen to my brain while surviving the abortion. I was never supposed to hold my head up or walk. I do. If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine?”

A recent Marist poll found that for first time since 2009, as many or more Americans identify as pro-life as those who identify as pro-choice, with the number identifying as pro-choice dropping 8 percent over the last month. This demonstrates a dramatic shift in public opinion on abortion policy following public discussion on the new measures in New York and Virginia.

If the Democrats continue to block consideration of H.R. 962, after 30 legislative days, Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Wagner plan to file a motion to discharge the resolution from the Rules Committee.

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Pro-Abortion Senate Democrats Block Bill to Protect Born-Alive Survivors of Abortion

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today voted 53-44 to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), but pro-abortion Democrats, in a near-party-line-vote, blocked the bill from receiving the 60 votes necessary to move forward (“invoke cloture”). The bill would extend federal legal protection to babies who are born alive during an abortion.

“Today we saw the extremism of the abortion industry’s agenda on full display,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “The 44 members of the United States Senate who voted against this bill now need to explain to their constituents why they believe abortion is such an absolute ‘right’ that it protects what amounts to infanticide: willfully withholding life-saving care from a born-alive infant.”

Senate action on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act comes on the heels of controversy in New York and Virginia. In January, the New York legislature passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed, the so-called “Reproductive Health Act.” Among other provisions, the law repealed protections for infants born alive during an attempted abortion. Previously, New York law stipulated that a second physician be present to care for a child 20 weeks or older born alive during an abortion.

In Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) waded into the debate over a New York-style measure in the Commonwealth. In a radio interview during the Virginia legislature’s debate over the “repeal bill,” Northam said an infant born alive during an attempted abortion wouldn’t necessarily be entitled to immediate treatment other than being made “comfortable.” His comments touched off a torrent of criticism.

“Thanks to the governors of New York and Virginia, and 44 pro-abortion Democrat Senators, the extreme pro-abortion agenda has been laid bare for all to see,” Tobias added. “They believe it should be legal to kill unborn babies, for absolutely any reason, at any time up to and including the moment of their birth, and even in the moments after they are born.”

Documentation on the history of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 (1 U.S.C. §8) and related issues is available on the NRLC website at: www.nrlc.org/federal/bornaliveinfants

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Pro-Abortion Senate Democrats Block Bill to Protect Born-Alive Survivors of Abortion

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today voted 53-44 to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), but pro-abortion Democrats, in a near-party-line-vote, blocked the bill from receiving the 60 votes necessary to move forward (“invoke cloture”). The bill would extend federal legal protection to babies who are born alive during an abortion.

“Today we saw the extremism of the abortion industry’s agenda on full display,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “The 44 members of the United States Senate who voted against this bill now need to explain to their constituents why they believe abortion is such an absolute ‘right’ that it protects what amounts to infanticide: willfully withholding life-saving care from a born-alive infant.”

Senate action on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act comes on the heels of controversy in New York and Virginia. In January, the New York legislature passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed, the so-called “Reproductive Health Act.” Among other provisions, the law repealed protections for infants born alive during an attempted abortion. Previously, New York law stipulated that a second physician be present to care for a child 20 weeks or older born alive during an abortion.

In Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) waded into the debate over a New York-style measure in the Commonwealth. In a radio interview during the Virginia legislature’s debate over the “repeal bill,” Northam said an infant born alive during an attempted abortion wouldn’t necessarily be entitled to immediate treatment other than being made “comfortable.” His comments touched off a torrent of criticism.

“Thanks to the governors of New York and Virginia, and 44 pro-abortion Democrat Senators, the extreme pro-abortion agenda has been laid bare for all to see,” Tobias added. “They believe it should be legal to kill unborn babies, for absolutely any reason, at any time up to and including the moment of their birth, and even in the moments after they are born.”

Documentation on the history of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 (1 U.S.C. §8) and related issues is available on the NRLC website at: www.nrlc.org/federal/bornaliveinfants

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Illinois Democrats propose New York-style abortion-till-birth legislation

Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from an analysis distributed Friday by Thomas More Society.

Pro-abortion Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Photo: Chi Hack Night

The Thomas More Society has released a startling analysis of the Democrat-sponsored House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942, labeled by abortion promoters as the “Reproductive Health Act.”

“The Democratic supermajority’s proposals now pending in the Illinois General Assembly are the most pro-abortion legislative measures of their type in the country,” said Peter Breen, Vice President and Senior Counsel for the Thomas More Society, and former Illinois House Minority Floor Leader.

“The barbaric procedures promoted by this legislation are nothing short of infanticide. These bills go well beyond the recent New York law and would turn Illinois into a third-trimester abortion destination and an underage abortion haven. Governor J.B. Pritzker promised that his Illinois Democrats would turn the state into the most ‘progressive’ in the country on abortion, and these bills deliver on that violent promise: Pritzker and his Democratic supermajorities would convert the ‘Land of Lincoln’ into the ‘Abortion Capital of America’.”

According to the Society’s analysis, the bills would do the following:

  • Allow abortions for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy
  • Eliminate any restrictions on where abortions may be performed
  • Allow non-physicians, including nurses and physician assistants, to perform abortions, both surgical and medical
  • Undermine and threaten institutional and individual rights of conscience
  • Jeopardize any meaningful regulation of abortion clinics
  • Require private health insurance policies to include coverage for all abortions, with no exemptions, even for churches and other religious organizations
  • Eliminate any requirement to investigate fetal deaths or maternal deaths resulting from abortion
  • Repeal law prohibiting “kickbacks” for abortion referrals
  • Repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, which has been responsible for a reduction of more than 55% in abortions among Illinois minors since 2012

“These bills violate the deepest moral and ethical convictions of millions of Illinoisans,” Breen continued. “While the Democratic supermajorities in the General Assembly and Governor Pritzker seem dead set on speeding these radical measures into law, the citizens of this state can and must make their voices heard to slow down and stop this process. We especially don’t want to go back to the bad old days in our state, when thousands of secret abortions were performed in Illinois on underage girls, both those from our state and the many girls brought here from out of state.”

The bills are pending in the 101st General Assembly as House Bills 2467 and 2495 and Senate Bills 1594 and 1942. The Thomas More Society’s detailed analysis can be found here.

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Pro-abortion ERA promoters fail to force a vote in the Virginia House of Delegates

By Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL)

Va. State Del. Todd Gilbert

The pro-life members of the Republican House of Delegates Caucus successfully blocked multiple attempts to force a vote on the Equal Rights Amendment this week as the 2019 session wraps up.

The last-ditch efforts crafted by ERA forces were two resolutions from pro-abortion Delegates Ayala and Simon written to up-end the House rules just to force an ERA vote onto the Floor. These resolutions were rejected: Del. Ayala’s on a 50-50 vote with Republican Del. David Yancey joining the Democrats, and Del. Simon’s by a 51-49 vote along party lines.

Pro-life Republican Majority Leader Todd Gilbert said ERA supporters had engaged in “fear-mongering” by portraying Republicans as anti-woman. He also introduced a resolution designed to protect the rules of the House that require a two-thirds majority for any future rules change to illustrate the type of gamesmanship being used by ERA proponents in their attempts to up-end and change the rules just to benefit their issue.

On Wednesday pro-abortion ERA delegates attempted to hijack a bill from pro-life Senator Amanda Chase that was an abortion neutral statement on the facts of equality already in Virginia law. Her bill was nearly amended on the floor by Del. Toscano and other pro-abortion Delegates from the Democratic Caucus to turn her bill into the Equal Rights Amendment.

Olivia Gans Turner, President Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL)

Fortunately, their effort was stopped by alert pro-life members of the Republican Caucus. Sen. Chase has since withdrawn her bill for this year.

“The ERA forces have vowed to use this issue in upcoming Virginia elections,” said Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life. “They are not telling Virginians the truth about how the ERA would dismantle the strong pro-life laws that are in place in the Commonwealth. Nor will they admit during these candidate debates that the ERA will require Virginians and all Americans pay for all abortions with taxpayer funds.”

Turner added, “Pro-life people will continue educating our communities about the real dangers behind this so- called equal rights amendment. There is nothing equal about a law that strips away the right to life for all unborn children permanently!”

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Indiana House overwhelmingly approves ban on dismemberment abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma

By an overwhelming 71-25 margin, the Indiana House Thursday passed House Bill 1211 which would ban the dismemberment of living unborn children. The measure now moves to the state Senate.

Ten states have already passed dismemberment abortion bans, one of the highest priorities of NRLC’s state affiliates.

Already a very pro-life state, legislators spoke of the impact of recent abortion-on- demand throughout pregnancy legislation passed in New York and proposed in Virginia, the Indianapolis Star reported.

“It just places such a low value on life,” House Speaker Brian Bosma said. “So yes, I think it has reinvigorated those who considered themselves to be pro-life to take action,” Kaitlin Lange reported.

Dismemberment abortions are gruesome even by the ugly standards of the abortion industry. The abortionist dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses scissors, forceps or clamps to rip apart the unborn child.

Lange reported that Corrine Youngs, an attorney for Indiana Right to Life, showed an ultrasound of her twins at 11 weeks in the womb.

“Do we think it’s good public policy or not to perform this on a still-living human being?” Rep. Peggy Mayfield, the bill’s author, asked. “I think the public outcry, especially (after recent action in other statehouses), just dictates that we address some procedures for what they are and, in our role of a policymaking body, decide what is the direction that we want to go as a state.”

Added Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter “Thursday’s historic vote brings us one step closer to ending barbaric dismemberment abortions in Indiana.

“We look forward to the Senate taking equally decisive action in the weeks ahead.”

As NRL News Today reported, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has asked the Supreme Court to review the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to block the ultrasound provision in the “2016 Dignity for the Unborn Act.”

The Act, signed into law by then-Gov. Mike Pence, contained a requirement that any woman seeking an abortion must be given the opportunity to view an ultrasound of her unborn baby at least 18 hours prior to an abortion. The ultrasound provision was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood in July 2016 in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt ruling, but remained in effect until Pratt’s injunction in April 2017.

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