Washington D.C., Sep 10, 2019 / 15:00 pm
Five months after first attempting to force a vote on legislation to protect babies who survive botched abortions, pro-life Members in the House are still at a standstill.
"This is not even a pro-life or a pro-choice issue. This is an issue of someone's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) told CNA on Tuesday. "This is equal protection under the law."
"The human rights of children are being violated," said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who leads the House pro-life caucus, at a congressional hearing on Tuesday on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, yet "very little is being done."
Wagner introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) in February. The legislation would require that any baby surviving a botched abortion attempt receive the same standard of medical care that any other child would if born at the same gestational age.