Rep. LaMalfa Joins Effort to Force Vote on Bill to Protect Newborns
Apr 2, 2019
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after signing a discharge petition to force a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
LaMalfa said: “In 2002, Congress recognized the simple fact that an infant who survives an abortion is, indeed, a person. Why then is there still no legal protection for those newborns who have made it alive through an abortion attempt? Any newborn baby, regardless of whether that baby survived an abortion or not, deserves a fighting chance at life. We rigorously protect against the destruction of animal wildlife but simultaneously allow for the murder of live newborn infants? Three abortion survivors joined us today to tell the press of their horrific but miraculous stories. The obstruction of this bill by Democrat leadership is shameful. As evidenced by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s recent promotion of infanticide, it seems many in their party have thrown morality aside in favor of a political agenda. The House must vote to protect the sanctity of newborn life and pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.”
Rep. LaMalfa speaks on the House floor after signing the discharge petition to consider the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. [YouTube]
Background on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:
Requires that health care practitioners who are present at the live birth exercise skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child—the same degree of care that would be offered to any other child born prematurely the same gestational age. After those efforts, the health care workers must transport and admit the child to a hospital.
Requires health care practitioners and hospital employees to report violations to law enforcement authorities, reducing the number of born-alive abortions that go unreported.
Penalizes the intentional killing of a born-alive child through fines or up to 5 years imprisonment.
Gives the mother of the abortion survivor a civil cause of action and protection from prosecution, recognizing that women are the second victims of abortion and promoting the dignity of motherhood.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.