March 01, 2019
Ten. That's the number of times pro-life Republicans have walked to the House floor and asked for a vote to end infanticide. It's also the number of times Democratic leaders have turned them down -- increasingly, Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) found out, less politely.
When the Michigan conservative took his turn asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to put aside her extremism and schedule a vote on the Born-Alive bill, no one actually heard him. That's because the liberal chair cut off his microphone before he finished. They ruled him out of order and silenced -- not just his voice, but the voice of 80 percent of Americans.
Mitchell was stunned. On Twitter, where the video of the incident went viral, he posted, "Today on the House floor, I asked for unanimous consent to bring up H.R. 962, the #BornAlive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires medical care be given to babies born alive during failed abortion procedures. For the [10th] time now, @HouseDemocrats blocked the vote," he said.
Fortunately, in states like Kentucky and Georgia, pro-lifers can't be censored. The outrage over New York's birth day abortions and Senate Democrats' support for infanticide is lighting a fire under leaders, who refuse to let Washington speak for them. "Surely, there can be no debate that life exists at birth, and we should do what we can to protect those children," state Sen. Whitney Westerfield (R) argued. And in her chamber, there was no debate. By a 32-0 vote, lawmakers did what 44 senators here in Washington would not: pledged Kentucky's support to babies born alive.
Over in Georgia, the Peach State is being richly rewarded for electing Governor Brian Kemp (R) in a tight election last fall. In response to what he's seen on the federal stage, Kemp is pushing Georgia to pass a "trigger" law similar to the one just inked by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R). When Roe v. Wade is overturned, a string of states are guaranteeing that a ban on abortion goes into immediate effect in their areas. Kemp, who's pledged to make Georgia the most pro-life state in America, said it's time to defend "the innocent and vulnerable." "Our state values life -- from conception to natural death. This legislation reflects our calling to protect the unborn and our desire to ensure opportunity for all.
This spontaneous response around the country is encouraging, but we must also have a federal law that ensures children who survive the first attempt on their life will be given the medical care and protection any human being deserves. Join with FRC and thousands of other pro-life Americans in sending a visible message to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that on the day of a baby's birth, they should be protected by our laws, not murdered because of them. To send a baby hat to Speaker Pelosi, check out our End Birth Day Abortion campaign here.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.