Democrats block Senate GOP anti-abortion effort

Senate fails to pass a bill protecting the lives of babies who survive abortions

Senate fails to pass a bill protecting the lives of babies who survive abortions

We're not talking about abortion, folks.

The act would have penalized doctors or other medical professionals who do not provide medical care to infants who are born alive following a botched abortion attempt.

Opponents, noting the rarity of such births and citing laws already making it a crime to kill newborn babies, said the bill was unnecessary.

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the floor prior to voting, he called the bill "simple".

They are among 44 Democrats who voted against a plan from Sen. Democrats, he argued, "seem to be suggesting that newborn babies' right to life may be contingent on the circumstances surrounding their birth". On the one hand, there are a few extreme voices who decided some newborn lives are more disposable than others. "He betrayed the universal truth of human dignity and he turned the stomachs of civilized people not just in this country but in every country on Earth", Sasse said.

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Catherine Glenn Foster of Americans United for Life said the Senate's "inability to move on Sen". It's just about recognizing that a newborn baby is a newborn baby. "The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don't mind executing babies".

"This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress". Ben Sasse, R-Neb., that would require those protections.

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The day after the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sponsored by Sen.

Sasse also upended the notion that his bill is an "anti-abortion" effort.

"This bill intimidates providers and enforces physicians to provide inappropriate medical treatment, even when it's not in the best interest of the patient or her family", she said, turning the conversation to an attack on a woman's decision, rather the importance of the lives of babies born. "What [he] is saying has no basis in medicine ― or reality".

- Ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) February 26, 2019The @BenSasse bill was created to be a part of Trump's playbook (as an aside: remember when Sasse said he was different from Trump? not so much) to use fake boogeymen (remember the caravan?) to play to people's basest instincts and scare them into hating anyone other than Trump. Only three Democrats crossed the aisle to support the bill - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Doug Jones of Alabama. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, and Sherrod Brown of OH - several of whom are already-declared candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary - they celebrated a win for "women's health".

While the vote failed in the Senate, Republicans are pushing similar legislation in the House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats. Those abortions, experts say, are typically prompted by concerns for the mother's health or fetal abnormalities.

Only 1 percent of all abortions occur after 21 weeks of pregnancy, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights. About 91 percent took place at or before 13 weeks of gestation.

"Pro-life members of Congress are trying to exploit, basically, as an election issue, the fact that Americans aren't comfortable with late-term abortions", she said. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that Republicans' statements about the bill are misleading.

The two leaders are slated to meet over two days, first at dinner on Wednesday followed by meetings on Thursday. They were both listed as cosponsors on the bill. Opponents of the bill said that it was unnecessary because murder, whether of a newborn or an adult, is already illegal and that the measure was meant to discourage doctors from performing late-term abortions.

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