Gillibrand, Schumer Block Passage of Born-Alive Infants Bill

Rochester, NY—Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought Sen. Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (BAASPA) (Bill S.311-Sasse) to the Senate floor for potential passage. Sadly, a procedural vote on the bill failed, as Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY)—along with many of their colleagues—voted “nay.” Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following remarks: 

“It is shocking and disturbing that any member of the United States Senate would object to the passage of a bill that requires the provision of medical care to infants born alive following late-term abortions. It is even more shocking and disturbing that 44 senators—including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer—voted to block this legislation. The bill simply requires that a child born alive in an abortion clinic be brought to a hospital, creates penalties for the intentional killing of a newborn, punishes abortionists who fail to provide medical care to infants born alive following abortions, and allows women to sue to enforce its provisions. There is no reason for controversy here.”

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McGuire continued, “Every American should be able to agree that a newborn baby is a person and is entitled to the full protection of the law. Unfortunately, the pro-abortion stance of New York’s two U.S. senators and their fellow travelers has become so extreme that they now see protections against infanticide as threats to their concept of ‘choice.’”

“This fight is not over. It will continue until every one of these precious and defenseless babies have the same legal protections as every other child that is born alive,” concluded McGuire.