February 4, 2019

Cassidy on Democrats Blocking Legislation to Protect Abortion Survivors: History Will Not Look Kindly Upon This Barbaric Evil

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a doctor and member of the Senate health committee, released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130), legislation protecting babies who survive abortions and are born alive by requiring they receive proper medical care and are admitted to a hospital. 

Babies who survive abortion and are born alive should receive proper medical care, not be tossed in the trash,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Killing a baby outside the womb is clearly infanticide, and I can’t fathom supporting that. Sadly, that’s exactly what Democrats did today, and history will not look kindly upon this barbaric evil.”

Cassidy joined Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) in introducing S. 130 last month, along with 38 other Senate Republicans

As convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s defense of infanticide last week demonstrated, babies born alive being left to die is not an unthinkable scenario.

“What we need to learn from the Gosnell case is that late-term abortion is infanticide. Legal infanticide. That so many people in the media seem untroubled by the idea that 12 inches in one direction is a ‘private medical decision’ and 12 inches in the other direction causes people to react in horror, should be troubling,” Democrat Kirsten Powers wrote in 2013. “[M]edical advances since Roe v. Wade have made it clear to me that late-term abortion is not a moral gray area, and we need to stop pretending it is.” 

Other pro-life legislation Cassidy helped introduce this year includes: 

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (S. 109), legislation establishing a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion.

The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (S. 119), legislation making it a crime to knowingly perform an abortion on a child from out of state without the consent and notification of a parent. 

The Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act (S. 141), legislation prohibiting federal funding of Planned Parenthood or any of its affiliate organizations; and ensures there is no reduction in overall federal funding available to support women’s health.

The Conscience Protection Act (S. 183), legislation protecting healthcare providers, including health care professionals, entities, and health insurance plans from government discrimination if they decline to participate in abortions

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 160), legislation to provide common-sense protections for unborn children at 20 weeks after fertilization, a point at which there is significant scientific evidence that abortion inflicts tremendous pain on babies in the womb.

The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (S. 105), which prohibits funds under the federal Title X family planning program from going to entities (other than hospitals) that perform abortions, and enhances funding for Community Health Centers.