Federal - S 311

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act - S311

Introduced

January 31, 2019

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This bill would protect newborns that survive abortions by requiring appropriate care and admission to a hospital.  The legislation requires that, when an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, health care practitioners must exercise the same degree of professional skill and care to protect the newborn as would be offered to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. It also requires that the living child, after appropriate care has been given, be immediately transported and admitted to a hospital. Currently federal law does not adequately protect a born child who survives an abortion.

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Commentary by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)

I asked the U.S. Senate to pass by unanimous consent the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This bill, which I originally introduced more than two years ago, would simply require doctors present during a botched abortion — an abortion that results in the birth of a living infant — to provide the same level of care that would be offered to any other baby at the same stage of development.

This is nothing more than the absolute minimum in humane treatment. A baby, gasping on an abortion-clinic table, should not be left to die.

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Co-Sponsors 50

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  • Feb. 25, 2019Senate Vote 27 Abortion Medical Care — Cloture
    McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell motion to proceed to the bill that would require health care practitioners to provide medical care to any infant that survives an abortion procedure, to the extent legally required for any infant born at the same gestational age. Motion rejected 53-44. Note: Three-fifths of the total Senate (60) is required to invoke cloture. Congressional Record p. S1422

  • Feb. 25, 2019 — McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill, pending at recess. Congressional Record p. S1414-S1422

  • Feb. 25, 2019Statement of Administration Policy issued by Office of Management and Budget.

  • Feb. 25, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Gardner, (R-Colo.)
  • Feb. 14, 2019 — McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell motion to proceed to the bill, pending at recess. Congressional Record p. S1364

  • Feb. 14, 2019 — McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill, offered. Congressional Record p. S1364

  • Feb. 14, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Shelby, (R-Ala.)
  • Feb. 7, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Paul, (R-Ky.)Scott, (R-Fla.)
  • Feb. 6, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    McSally, (R-Ariz.)
  • Feb. 5, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Capito, (R-W.Va.)Toomey, (R-Pa.)
  • Feb. 4, 2019 — Placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under the provisions of Rule XIV. Congressional Record p. S817, S830

  • Feb. 4, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Alexander, (R-Tenn.)Lee, M. (R-Utah)Sullivan, (R-Alaska)
  • Jan. 31, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 40

    Barrasso, (R-Wyo.)Ernst, (R-Iowa)Perdue, (R-Ga.)
    Blackburn, (R-Tenn.)Fischer, (R-Neb.)Portman, (R-Ohio)
    Blunt, (R-Mo.)Graham, L. (R-S.C.)Risch, (R-Idaho)
    Boozman, (R-Ark.)Grassley, (R-Iowa)Roberts, (R-Kan.)
    Burr, (R-N.C.)Hawley, (R-Mo.)Romney, (R-Utah)
    Braun, (R-Ind.)Hoeven, (R-N.D.)Rounds, (R-S.D.)
    Cassidy, (R-La.)Hyde-Smith, (R-Miss.)Rubio, (R-Fla.)
    Cornyn, (R-Texas)Inhofe, (R-Okla.)Scott, T. (R-S.C.)
    Cotton, (R-Ark.)Isakson, (R-Ga.)Thune, (R-S.D.)
    Cramer, (R-N.D.)Johnson, R. (R-Wis.)Tillis, (R-N.C.)
    Crapo, (R-Idaho)Kennedy, John (R-La.)Wicker, (R-Miss.)
    Cruz, (R-Texas)Lankford, (R-Okla.)Young, T. (R-Ind.)
    Daines, (R-Mont.)McConnell, (R-Ky.)
    Enzi, (R-Wyo.)Moran, (R-Kan.)
  • Jan. 31, 2019 — Introduced in the Senate and read the first time. Congressional Record p. S800