Why a Ban on Infanticide Is Necessary

Sen. Ben Sasse at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is a currently nonexistent safeguard for infants delivered after attempted abortions.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n Monday evening, Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) called for unanimous consent to his Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require that infants delivered alive during attempted abortion procedures be given appropriate medical care.

Senator Patty Murray (D., Wash.) objected to the bill on the floor on behalf of her Democratic colleagues, preventing the legislation from receiving unanimous consent. “We have laws against infanticide in this country,” Murray said. “This is a gross misinterpretation of the actual language of the bill that is being asked to be considered, and therefore I object.”

It is worth examining why Sasse’s legislation, which now

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