Senators Shaheen and Hassan Vote Against Protecting Abortion Survivors

The U.S. Senate failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act today when a cloture motion fell short of the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster. New Hampshire Democrats Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan voted No on the bill to prohibit a health care practitioner from “failing to exercise the proper degree of care” in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.

The bill’s chief sponsor is Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). After hearing speeches from Democrat colleagues who called the bill a threat to “reproductive health care,” he said, “I know a lot of opponents of this bill sincerely believe the talking points that they read from their staffs. We’ve heard speech after speech after speech that have nothing to do with what’s actually in this bill. 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.”

Senators Hassan and Shaheen refused to support the bill to protect abortion survivors.

From Senator Hassan on Twitter (@SenatorHassan): “Tonight, I voted NO on yet another partisan attack on reproductive health care. Women, families and their doctors are capable of making these complicated medical decisions without government interference.”

From Senator Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen): “The bill forced by Senate Republicans today would significantly interfere with the doctor-patient relationship & pose new obstacles to a woman’s constitutional right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health.”

If “reproductive health care,” “a woman’s constitutional right to make her own decisions,” and “complicated medical decisions” include infanticide, then the New Hampshire Senators’ tweets and votes make sense. Otherwise, I have no idea what bill they thought they were voting on.

Weekend update: College offers pro-life studies, born-alive bill in DC, assisted suicide spreads

Here are my three picks of the week from other blogs. Have an excellent weekend!

Anne Fox: Death comes to California (masscitizensforlife.org)

As California’s new assisted suicide law goes into effect, a Massachusetts legislative committee gets ready to vote on the same issue. Read the full post.

From the same blog:  Congress Discovers Evidence of Planned Parenthood Violation of HIPAA. “I’m sure this was in the mainstream media and we just missed it.”

Ben Sasse & Jill Stanek: Abortion survivors deserve our care (nationalreview.com)

The U.S. House has passed a Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Time for the U.S. Senate to get on board. Read the full post. 

Micaiah Bilger: Most Colleges are Training Grounds for Abortion Activists, But This One Offers Pro-Life Courses (lifenews.com)

“University spokeswoman Megan England said OKWU wants the program to train ‘leaders who are prepared to defend and protect the innocent in ways that are more than abstract.'” Read the full post. 


Advertisement
Life after Abortion