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Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Discharge Petition: Record Set for First-Day Signatures on a Discharge Petition

Apr 15, 2021 | 2021 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room, Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — Setting a record for first-day signatures on a discharge petition, 202 members signed the discharge petition filed by Representative Kat Cammack (R-Fl.) — who was joined by Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House Whip, and Representative Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) — to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the House floor for a vote.

House members lined up to sign the petition beginning Wednesday afternoon. By late evening, 202 members had signed.

“The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is designed to ensure the care and protection of a baby who is born alive following an abortion,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. “We are thankful for the members who took the time to sign the discharge petition and show their commitment to protecting these precious lives.”

Tobias continued, “We are grateful to Whip Scalise, Representative Wagner and Representative Cammack for their leadership on this vital life-saving legislation.”

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires that, when a baby is born alive following an abortion, health care practitioners must exercise the same degree of professional skill and care that would be offered to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. It also requires that, following appropriate care, health care workers must transport the living child immediately to a hospital.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has repeatedly refused to allow the legislation to go to the floor for a vote.

An updated list of signatures can be found here.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.