'They Lied Constantly': Sen. Sasse Blasts Dems for Rejecting Bill to Protect Abortion Survivors
Sasse: 'condemning infanticide should be unanimous.'
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) expressed his disappointment on "The Story" after Democrats blocked his bill that would have protected babies born 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
Speaking to Martha MacCallum, Sasse said Democrats "lied constantly" about what was in his bill, falsely claiming it would limit a woman's access to an abortion doctor and move to curb abortion rights.
"Condemning infanticide should be a unanimous vote. It's a basic human rights issue," he said, arguing his bill had nothing to do with the basics of Roe v. Wade.
He emphasized that the bill was designed to protect infants who are on a table "gasping for breath" after an abortion.
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.