There should have been nothing controversial about protecting babies born after botched abortions, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wrote.
Blackburn’s comments about the failed Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act appeared in an op-ed Tuesday on Fox News. The op-ed is available here.
Blackburn said, in part:
On Monday night I proudly voted for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
There should be nothing controversial about voting to give babies born as a result of a failed abortion the same degree of medical care given to those born at the same stage of a pregnancy. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is legislation that makes certain every child who is born has the same opportunity to live and survive.
It should have been an easy vote for every member of the Senate, but on Monday night, many Democrats demonstrated that their pro-choice stance also requires them to support infanticide. Sadly, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s recent comments advocating infanticide clearly framed the Democrats’ radical agenda. Their push to abort children reveals a hardened inner core that shocks the conscience.
On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted 53-44 to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the floor for a vote on final passage, the Baptist Press reported. Backers needed 60 votes needed to succeed in the procedural move known as invoking cloture, so the measure failed.
The act said a child who survived an abortion legally deserved protection and required health-care providers to give them the same amount of care as any other baby born alive.
Blackburn is not the only Tennessee Republican to weigh in recently on abortion.
State Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-TN-06) is bringing forward a bill that will protect the unborn by banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, The Tennessee Star reported on Feb. 15.
That bill is moving forward.
Republicans on the House Health Committee voted 15-4 to send the bill to the House floor for a full vote, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
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