U.S. Senate To Vote On Protections For Babies Born Alive After Abortion

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently announced that the U.S. Senate would vote on his Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (BAASPA) on Monday, February 25.

While existing federal law already protects abortion survivors, Sen. Sasse’s bill would strengthen those protections. According to National Review, this legislation:

  • creates criminal penalties for doctors who allow infants to die rather than providing medical care after attempted abortion procedures;
  • mandates that a child born alive in an abortion clinic be transported to a hospital for further care;
  • requires health-care practitioners to report any violations of the law;
  • institutes penalties for intentionally killing a newborn, including fines and up to five years’ imprisonment; [and]
  • grants [a] woman on whom [an] abortion is performed [a] civil cause of action against the abortionist and protection from prosecution if her child is not cared for after birth.

In a recent op-ed, Sen. Sasse noted that the State of New York recently passed a law (the Reproductive Health Act) that repealed protections for abortion survivors.

One might assume that an anti-infanticide bill would be uncontroversial. Not so. As Albany Update has previously reported, Sen. Sasse’s attempt to pass BAASPA by unanimous consent was blocked by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Sen. Murray describes BAASPA as “‘another bill attacking women’s rights and health.’” Planned Parenthood and 16 other so-called public-health organizations called the bill “‘a dangerous government intrusion into private health care decisions,’” adding that it “would limit women’s access to ‘compassionate and appropriate medical care.”’

Here is what Sen. Sasse has to say about the bill:

It’s painful to know that we are divided over an issue as fundamental as whether a baby taking her first breaths ought to be sheltered by our laws from neglect, abuse and worse.

But I remain hopeful, because I know that life wins. The love we see every day in the eyes of moms and dads for their newborn babies is an inescapable reminder of what we all know deep down to be true: that the tiniest baby is part of our human family, to be loved and cherished and protected.

At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we stand in agreement with Sen. Sasse and call upon the U.S. Senate to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (BAASPA) today.

We also encourage upon our readers to call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. At your request, a switchboard operator will connect you directly with either Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s or Senator Chuck Schumer’s Capitol office. Let New York’s two U.S. Senators know that you support Sen. Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (BAASPA).