Will you be a concerned citizen and pick up the phone? The “Born-Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act” (HR 962) is before the United States House of Representatives. The text of the bill states, in part, the following:
1.) “If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.”
2.) “Any health care practitioner present at the time the child is born alive shall:
a. exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age
b. ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.”
This bill is not controversial. It says nothing about abortion itself but simply mandates that if a child is born alive following an abortion procedure that he or she is due the same Constitutional protections as any other child, and that he or she will receive appropriate health care.
Unfortunately, the Democrat majority in the US House refuses to bring this bill to the floor for a vote. In light of this, on April 2nd, Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Ann Wagner (R-MO) introduced a discharge petition to force a vote on the bill. The discharge petition needs 218 signatures and to date (4/9/19) it has 198.
We encourage you to call your U.S. Representative and ask him or her to sign the Scalise/Wagner discharge petition and support HR 962. Click here to view the entire directory of those serving in the US House of Representatives.
There are two things to keep in mind when you do call:
1.) Staffers who answer the phone may not be familiar with HR 962 and they quite likely will not be aware of the discharge petition – you will likely have to educate them.
2.) Staffers will likely tell you that their representative is “pro-choice” and therefore will not support either the discharge petition or the bill. You need to inform them that neither has to do with abortion itself, but address what happens when children are born alive. If they still balk, an effective question to ask is, “Does Representative (name) support infanticide?”
Call your Representative’s office once per day and ask him/her to sign the discharge petition and support HR 962. Let’s flood these Congressional offices with calls in support of life!