Infanticide in America must end.
Yes, infanticide is happening in America. To stop it, Congress must pass The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (HR 619) authored by Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2).
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act ensures that any infant who survives a botched abortion is given life-saving medical care. Unfortunately, such care is not required by law.
Babies do survive late-term abortions. In just the five states that report on this (Florida, Michigan, Arizona, Minnesota and Oklahoma), 25 babies survived abortion attempts in 2017—indicating that the number of abortion survivors nationally could be between 150 and 200 per year.
Can you imagine that a precious baby who miraculously survives a brutal abortion is given no medical attention? These “unwanted” babies are “being left to die in a utility closet.” They are left to die from neglect on abortion tables, or killed by other means.
If the scourge of abortion were not bad enough already, our nation’s laws further devalue life by permitting babies born alive to die for lack of basic medical care. Infanticide is as appalling as human nature can possibly be. Born alive infant protection bills have passed the House twice in previous years and once in the Senate. Surely ALL members of Congress can oppose the killing of a baby after birth.
But Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refuses to allow a vote on HR 619. Thankfully, House Republican leadership has a solution: a discharge petition. With at least 218 signatures (the majority of the U.S. House) on a discharge petition, House Members can bypass Speaker Pelosi and force a vote on HR 619.
On Wednesday, one of the 31 new pro-life women Members of Congress Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL), bill author Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) are expected to file the discharge petition on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Now, we need your help to get at least 218 Members of Congress to sign the petition and bring HR 619 to a vote.
How can you help?
To end the killing of abortion survivors, please send a message to your representative asking them to sign the discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in our Action Center.
Your representative needs to hear from you on this matter – tell them we must ensure the law protects ALL newborn children in our nation.
P.S. Your voice makes a difference!
Last year, you helped gather 205 signatures – including every Republican and 3 Democrat Members – on the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act discharge petition. This year, with 211 current pro-life members in Congress, plus two more who will be sworn in soon, we are closer than ever to a victory on this issue!
While it seemed an odd question at the time a few weeks ago, with every passing day, it becomes clearer why this is an important matter. Because current law is no longer adequate in preserving the right to medical care for any infant who survives an abortion attempt, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act was introduced in Congress earlier this year.
This whole concept begs a few gut-wrenching questions:
Who would ever consider NOT rendering aid to an infant who happened to live past an abortion attempt? Why would we even have to consider the need for such a national law? Why is this issue so important now and what can we do about it?
The reason the Born Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act has become such an important issue is because states like New York have already enacted (and others are considering) radical new laws regarding abortion. These new laws eliminate any existing pro-life protections in state law and would allow abortion up to the moment of birth. As unthinkable as it sounds, late-term abortions can fail and do result in live births.
Unbelievably, some, including the Governor of Virginia, have stated that the decision to provide medical care to such a survivor would be left up to the mother and her doctor. Picture it – a baby has survived an abortion attempt, is probably wounded, cold and in need of care – some would have the cold-hearted nerve to decline that needed care. Rather than being an ethically guided decision it is reduced to a matter of convenience.
The inhumane logic is that since the baby was to have died in the abortion anyway, the fact that it survived is irrelevant and unless the mother wants to help, the child can be allowed to perish.
The Born Alive Survivor Protection Act would mandate all appropriate medical care for any infant born alive after a botched abortion. It just makes sense. In rather typical fashion however, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat leadership of the US House of Representatives have blocked consideration of the Born Live Survivors Protection Act over thirty times this year.
Because the bill has been blocked from consideration, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), have implemented a seldom-used mechanism called a discharge petition to bring the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives at long last.
A Discharge Petition is really quite simple – as soon as a majority of members of the US House of Representatives (218 members) sign the petition, the matter must be brought to the floor for a vote. The discharge petition for the Born Alive bill was filed on April 2nd and currently has 199 signors meaning — it needs only 19 more to force a vote on the floor.
So where does your member stand? If you scroll down in this message, you will find a list of every single member of Congress – in front of their name is either a Red X or a Green Checkmark. The list is sorted by state so you can easily find your Representative*. If they have a Green Checkmark – they have signed the petition and are, thankfully, standing against infanticide.
If, however your member has a Red X, they have not taken a stand against infanticide and they need to hear from you. Please take a moment now to send your Representative a message – ask them to sign the discharge petition. We have made it easy through our Action Center and you can send your message in just a few seconds.
Thank you for being on top of this issue – we need your help! Please take action now!
* If you do not know who your Representative is, you can enter your address in our action center and find out – then come back here to see where they stand on infanticide.
It seems like an odd question to ask – surely anyone would be against infanticide, right??
Turns out, some in 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 law and does not necessarily happen.
While it is rare, babies do survive late-term abortions. And while most states do not report on these instances, five states do (Florida, Michigan, Arizona, Minnesota and Oklahoma). In these states alone, 25 babies survived abortion attempts in 2017. In other states, it is possible that as many (and more) survive attempted abortions.
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 or 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.
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.
Today, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Minority Whip, along with Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) are asking their Congressional colleagues to sign the discharge petition to bring this bill to a vote. The discharge petition requires the signatures of at least 218 Members of Congress in order to force a vote on the Floor of the House.
We need your help! In order to end the killing of abortion survivors, please send a message to your Representative asking them to sign the discharge petition for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It only takes a few seconds in our Action Center.
Your Representative needs to hear from you on this matter – let them know that you want the law to require that we protect the most helpless of the helpless in our nation.
So, where does your Representative stand on infanticide? Whether they sign the discharge petition or not will tell you what you need to know.
Yours for life,
P.S. Please find this story on our webpage and share it with your friends and family on social media. When you do, remember to use these hashtags: #letusvote and #endinfanticide – your work to increase awareness of this travesty will only help to turn the tide in the long run.