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Dem Candidates Skip Senate Born-Alive Vote


Added 02-26-20 12:20:04pm EST - “Democratic presidential candidates skipped a vote on two pieces of pro-life legislation, one of which would have mandated care for abortion survivors.?” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “Dem Candidates Skip Senate Born Alive Vote”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Democratic presidential candidates skipped a vote on a bill that would have guaranteed medical care for newborns, a vote that Republicans and pro-life activists say will come back to haunt the candidates in November.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) were not present for the vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would mandate that doctors provide potentially life-saving care to babies who survive abortion. All three 2020 hopefuls voted to block the same bill when it was first proposed in 2019. Bill sponsor Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) ripped the Democratic presidential candidates for dodging the vote.

"Three presidential candidates missed yesterday’s vote while they were kissing babies out on the campaign trail," he told the Washington Free Beacon. "Someone should ask them if they’re okay with leaving babies to die."

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Senate Democrats successfully blocked the bill even without the presence of Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren, who were in South Carolina for a Tuesday night debate. While the legislation failed to cross the 60-vote threshold, the Born-Alive Act garnered increased support from pro-choice Republican senators and moderate Democrats. Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska), who voted against the same legislation in 2019, were among the 56 senators who voted to pass the bill. Democrats Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), Doug Jones (D., Ala.), and Bob Casey (D., Pa.) crossed the aisle to support the legislation.

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