May 28, 2022

Scalise: GOP to move on Born-Alive Act if House majority reclaimed

In yet another blow to pro-abortion Democrats already outraged over the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggesting the imminent reversal of Roe v. Wade, House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (LA) said this week that his party would take action on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act immediately, if Republicans reclaim the lower chamber this fall, as The Hill reports.

First introduced last January, the measure would mandate the provision of healthcare to babies who survive failed abortions, and though the GOP attempted to force a full House vote on the bill last April, the effort went down to defeat.

The comments from Scalise came in response to a reporter’s question about whether he supports a nationwide abortion ban, a prospect that has become a hot topic of conversation in light of the unauthorized release of the aforementioned draft opinion portending the end of Roe.

Though Scalise was reluctant to opine directly on that possibility, he expressed his disapproval with the fact of the leak and reiterated his party’s commitment to advancing pro-life legislation as well as his belief that abortion regulation is a matter properly left to the states.

“We’re a party who defends life and we would celebrate a ruling that allows elected leaders to defend life and debate in open public what those laws should be in every state and in Washington, Scalise said. “Clearly, we will move on day one if we get the majority on the Born-Alive Act.”

Liberals have been in the grips of apoplexy this week after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told USA Today that if Roe is indeed overturned, a federal ban on abortion is something that could be pursued, and that the question itself was “worthy of debate.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), believed by some to be a possible 2024 presidential contender, suggested during an appearance on ABC’s This Week, however, that such a nationwide ban would be “inconsistent” with the notion – argued by Republicans for years – that elected state legislatures, not the federal government, should determine access and limitations on abortion.

Seizing on McConnell’s statement as a way to mobilize the progressive base of the Democrat Party ahead of the midterm elections, White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday deemed the risk of a Republican-driven federal ban on abortion to be “serious.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) echoed that sentiment, saying, “McConnell’s comments make it perfectly clear why the game here is not about state’s rights,” and given the upper chamber’s failure Wednesday to advance a bill designed to federally enshrine a right to abortion, the intense, national debate on this issue shows no sign of abating anytime soon.

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