Family Research Council Calls on House Members to Sign Discharge Petition on Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council is urging Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign onto a discharge petition introduced yesterday by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) that is intended to force a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962).

Yesterday, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) re-introduced the bill in the House (H.R. 962) which was quickly followed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) filing a unanimous consent request for the House to pass the bill. House Democrats immediately blocked McCarthy’s request. On Monday, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) blocked the companion Senate bill (S. 311) after Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) sought to pass it by unanimous consent.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

“Democrats in both the House and Senate rushed to the floor to block unanimous consent requests on a bill that would require the same comfort and care to an infant who survives an abortion as any other infant who is born. The radicalization of the Democratic party is truly complete.

“Infanticide has always been unacceptable in a civilized society, regardless of what one may think about abortion itself. The unthinkable—that elected officials would support infanticide--has now become reality.  

“The governors of New York and Virginia want to talk about abortion in euphemisms and broad strokes -- instead of what it really is: a gruesome and barbaric form of killing children even up through birth and possibly after.

“Family Research Council calls on House Members to sign Minority Whip Scalise’s discharge petition so that infants born alive will be fully protected by federal law. I thank Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) for their persistence to demand a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The American people stand ready to hold Members of Congress accountable for their votes,” concluded Perkins.