Pro-life Leaders Launch Discharge Petition to Push for a Vote on Born-Alive Protections for Babies

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Scalise, Wagner, Cammack go on Offense against Pro-Abortion Democrats who Have Repeatedly Blocked Anti-Infanticide Legislation

Washington, D.C.Representative Kat Cammack (R-FL) filed a discharge petition today demanding a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 619), legislation sponsored by Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) and Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). The bill would ensure that babies born alive during failed abortions receive the same medical care that would be afforded a premature infant born at the same age.

The legislation has been repeatedly blocked by Democrats in both the House and Senate. If 218 representatives sign the discharge petition, it will force a vote in the House. SBA List will count members of Congress who do not sign the discharge petition as voting against the bill.

Rep. Cammack is one of 31 pro-life women in Congress (one of 20 newly-elected this cycle) and the youngest Republican woman currently serving. Cammack’s mother defied the advice of doctors who pressured her to choose abortion when she was pregnant with the future Congresswoman.

The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised the action saying:

“In the years pro-abortion Democrats have spent blocking this humane legislation, dozens of babies have been born alive after failed abortions. Americans want to protect these children and only five Democrat members need to break with their party’s extremism to allow a vote on this popular, compassionate legislation. We sincerely urge legislators to join this discharge petition effort to protect innocent children. Make no mistake: this will put all the new members of Congress on the record for or against infanticide.” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.  SBA List will count members of Congress who do not sign the discharge petition as voting against the bill.

“We are grateful for the heroic leadership of Whip Steve Scalise, Congresswoman Ann Wagner, Congresswoman Kat Cammack, and all our Republican allies. We hope colleagues across the aisle will find the courage to stand up to Speaker Pelosi for innocent children. Those who fail will be held accountable in the 2022 midterm elections.”

A new fact sheet from Charlotte Lozier Institute examines state health data showing that, since 2019, at least 33 babies have been born alive after failed abortions across just four states (Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, and Texas). Protections for babies who survive abortions are inconsistent across the United States, with fewer than half of states maintaining sufficient protections.

SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.




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