As we’ve seen in the news for the past months, certain states find it completely acceptable to kill a baby after birth. I find this reprehensible.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, H.R. 962, was introduced into Congress and would counter these laws at a federal level. The bill would effectively prohibit infanticide. It simply requires that a baby born during an abortion attempt receive the same medical care as any other newborn.
Pro-life members of the House have tried to vote on the Born-Alive Act over and over. In fact, they’ve tried 81 times! Each time, however, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has blocked the full House of Representatives from voting on the bill.
Because the Democrat leadership has refused to allow a vote on H.R. 962, House Republicans filed a discharge petition on the Born-Alive Act to force a vote. However, they are still 17 signatures shy of the necessary 218 to force a vote on this life-saving legislation.
What can you to do about this? First, I ask that you pray. Pray that at least 17 members of Congress have the courage to sign and that the vote happens. To call upon our Heavenly Father is an amazing privilege, and as it says in James 5: 16, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
The second thing I’d like to ask is that if you have not already done so, thank our Representative, Kelly Armstrong, for already signing this discharge petition, and more generally, cosponsoring the Born-Alive Act. We’ve made it very easy for you to thank him. Simply visit our Action Center, fill in your information (it takes less than a minute), and let Representative Armstrong know that North Dakotans support his strong stand on life.
We North Dakotans elected Representative Armstrong, in part, for his strong stand on life issues. Now we need to let him know we are proud of him for keeping his promises. We want the law to protect the lives of all, especially the most vulnerable among us who do not have a voice!
President and Executive Director
It seems like an odd statement, of course North Dakotans will not tolerate infanticide, right? Certainly, at the state level, we have passed numerous laws protecting preborn children, the most recent being House Bill 1336 which now requires expectant mothers to be told that there is a chance to save their baby from a chemical abortion, should they seek on and then change their mind after the process begins. However, those same level of protection for preborn children do not exist at the national level.
In fact, it turns out, pro-life members of Congress have tried to vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act nearly 30 times this year alone. Each time, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has blocked the entire House of Representatives from voting on it.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (HR962) simply requires that any infant that survives an abortion should be given proper, life-saving medical care. As astounding as it sounds, such care is not required by federal law and does not necessarily happen.
Sadly, when a baby who was supposed to die in a late-term abortion does miraculously survive, there is often no effort to care for them or give them medical attention. Presumed to be “unwanted” in the first place, these babies are left on the abortion room table to die from neglect, are placed in closets until they bleed or starve to death, or are killed by other means. It’s a terrible, horrific scar on the character of our nation. If the scourge of abortion was not bad enough already, to further devalue life by refusing any care to a newborn is perhaps as appalling as human nature can possibly be.
However, I know that we North Dakotans will not stand for this. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® is proud of all three members of our Congressional delegation and their strong pro-life stances. We want to especially call out Representative Kelly Armstrong, who we endorsed in his 2018 run for Congress and is actually a co-sponsor of HR962. His strong stance for life, not only on this bill, but co-sponsoring bills such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, makes us proud he is representing North Dakotans in an environment that is often unfriendly to pro-life and pro-family values.
Because the Democrat leadership of the US House of Representatives refuses to allow a vote on HB962, the House Republican leadership has decided to take charge by introducing a discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act – a seldom-used option to force a vote on legislation in Congress. Once again, Rep. Armstrong has showed his strong stance on the issue, stating on his twitter feed, “I signed discharge petition on the House floor today. All we need is 218 signatures to bring this bill to an up or down vote.”
Please thank Representative Armstrong for his co-sponsorship of HR962, for signing the discharge petition, and for his strong pro-life stance by emailing him through our action center or by calling his office at (701) 354-6700. He is representing our biblical values on the issue in Washington. Rep. Armstrong is telling DC in a loud and clear voice that North Dakotans will not tolerate infanticide!
President and Executive Director