'They're Willing to Sacrifice Lives Like Mine': Abortion Survivor Slams Dems for Blocking Pro-Life Bill
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act voted down.
An abortion survivor is slamming Senate Democrats for blocking a bill that would have protected babies born alive in failed abortions.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on Monday was voted down 53-44, with only Democrats voting against it, including 2020 presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
The legislation would have required that any infant born alive after an abortion be provided with medical care like any other newborn. It also prescribed a possible term of imprisonment of up to five years for violations, not including penalties for first-degree murder that could have applied.
In response to the bill failing to reach 60 votes to pass the Senate, President Trump tweeted late Monday, "This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress."
....This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2019
On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, Ainsley Earhardt spoke to Melissa Ohden, who survived a failed saline-infused abortion in 1977 and went on to found The Abortion Survivors Network.
Ohden, who was outside the Senate chamber while the vote was taking place Monday, said she was disappointed, but not surprised by the result.
"The Democrats who voted last night against this bill really showed us that they're willing to sacrifice lives like mine to keep abortion on-demand," Ohden said.
She argued that despite what Democrats might say, legislation like the Born-Alive law is necessary, and she's living proof.
"No child should have their [lives] left in the hands of their abortionist or a medical professional to somehow decide to provide them medical care," Ohden said. "We need this bill not only to ensure we're provided medical care, but that that there's penalty when there's failure to do so."