Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

GOP House Passes Two Anti-Abortion Bills During The First Votes Of The New Congress

The Republican-led House approved two anti-abortion bills on Wednesday, legislation intended to communicate the GOP majority’s opposition to abortion and disapproval of the Biden administration.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) passed in a 220 to 210 vote. It would require healthcare practitioners to provide medical treatment and life-saving measures for infants born alive after a failed abortion. Health providers that do not comply could be subject to civil liability and criminally charged.

Under the bill, if an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant would be considered a legal person and entitled to protections under U.S. laws as any other newborn.

“Congresswoman Wagner’s legislation will give babies born alive during an abortion the necessary, lifesaving medical care that any other baby would receive to give them the best chance at life,” said House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA).

“Republicans are committed to defending life and doing everything in our power to keep babies who survive an abortion alive.”

The House also approved Con. Res. 3, which condemns the attacks on anti-abortion facilities and churches in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision.

The resolution passed by a 222 to 209 vote with three Democrats, Reps. Vicente Gonzalez (TX), Chrissy Houlahan (PA), and Marie Perez (WA) voted in favor of it.

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