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Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers Statements on Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

February 4, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statements after Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require medical care for newborn infants who have survived attempted abortion. The legislation was introduced by Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), who brought it to the Senate floor. Click here to see Sen. Sasse’s statement.

Rep. Newhouse (R-WA): “It doesn’t matter how they have entered this world; providing medical care for babies who have just been born is a human rights issue. The recent remarks made by the governor of Virginia show the need to take a stand against infanticide. I am deeply disappointed that the U.S. Senate – and senator from Washington state – could not come to unanimous agreement to approve legislation to require medical care for newborn children. This is a debate that goes beyond partisan politics. This is about the value our society places on newborn children.”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA): “It’s heartbreaking that extreme party politics just superseded the principle of basic human dignity. With technology today, we can look into the womb and we can see the development of the baby day-by-day. It’s the most amazing thing in the world. I urge Democrats in the Senate who blocked the Born Alive Abortion Protection Act to take a step back, look at the science, and consider what this means. It should be unthinkable to end the life of a living baby.”

In 2018, Rep. Newhouse cosponsored and voted for H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives.