UPDATED 10:10 AM PT — Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Republicans are hoping to force the House to vote on a bill to end infanticide after failed abortions.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Representative Ann Wagner filed a discharge petition Tuesday in hopeS of forcing a vote in the House on the ‘Born Alive Act.’ Under the act, infants who survive an attempted abortion would be required to receive medical care instead of being killed.
Scalise made a statement on the House floor Tuesday, saying the legislation should not be a partisan issue.
“This issue transcends the abortion debate,” he stated. “In fact, people across every spectrum: Republicans, Democrats, Independents, even people who align themselves with pro-choice believe it’s wrong to murder the baby after it’s born alive and yet it’s still allowed.”
The Democrat-controlled House will be forced to bring the bill to the floor if the petition is signed by 218 representatives. The petition currently sits at 191 signatures.