Speaking on the floor of the Senate Monday, Sasse urged members from both parties to consider how little the legislation actually aimed to ensure.
“I urge my colleagues to picture a baby that’s already been born, that’s outside the womb gasping for air. That’s the only thing that today’s vote is actually about. We’re talking about babies that have already been born. Nothing in this bill touches abortion access,” Sasse said.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection 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. The bill does not restrict abortion rights.
Several Democratic senators spoke against the bill saying it would force doctors to provide care against the “reproductive rights” and “choices” of women.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) called the measure a “solution in search of a problem,” and that i could force doctors to provide “unnecessary” or even “harmful” care to patients. She was not clear if she was referring to the child or the mother as the “patient.”
Speaking after the vote, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said it was “unconscionable” that “protecting innocent, newborn abortion survivors is now a partisan issue.”
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“Every infant that is born alive despite a botched abortion deserves the same proper medical care and treatment that doctors are required to give to other newborns,” Rubio said.
The Florida senator was an original co-sponsor of the bill.
Rubio said that the vote “made it crystal clear” that Democratic senators “support the legalization of infanticide” and “openly embraced the growing extremism” within their party.