Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass S.311, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act, which would have protected newborn babies that were alive and breathing air after an abortion attempt from infanticide.
“America can no longer be called a civilized society when the Senate can’t pass a law that protects a child after birth. The Democrats have sealed their reputation as the party of murder,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.
The Senate required 60 votes to end cloture under the filibuster rule. The bill’s final vote was 53 in favor and 44 opposed.
Three Democrats, Joe Manchin (D-WV), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) voted for protecting newborns. Three Republicans did not vote. Those were Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Tim Scott (R-SC).
Planned Parenthood’s new CEO Leana Wen tweeted that killing newborn infants after failed abortions is “a practice that doesn’t exist in medicine or reality.”
The facts do not support Wen’s statement.
“We know Leana Wen has heard of Kermit Gosnell. The practice of infanticide happened hundreds of times at his ‘House of Horrors’ abortion clinic, three times of which earned Gosnell life behind bars,” said Newman. “There are dozens of other incidents that have been documented. To say infanticide doesn’t exist at abortion facilities is a bold-faced lie.”
During the floor debate on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act, Democrat Senators repeatedly made arguments that had nothing to do with the bill at hand and repeatedly misrepresented it as something that is “between a woman and her doctor.”
“When you are talking about ending the life of a newborn baby that is breathing air, you are really talking about first degree murder,” said Newman. “That isn’t between a woman and her doctor. That is between the abortionist, a judge and jury, and the state prison system.”
Operation Rescue extends thanks to President Donald J. Trump, who tweeted, “This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.”