U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Alabama, led a anti-abortion discussion at the Family Research Council’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, where she discussed congressional efforts to combat what she called the Democrats’ radical abortion agenda.
Roby, who has long been a vocal anti-abortion advocate, addressed a live audience and specifically discussed her support for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, two bills she cosponsors. Upon conclusion of her remarks, she accepted questions from the audience and was later joined by Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who also delivered brief remarks.
“My preference will always be that our society protects life at every stage,” Roby said. “I promise you that I will continue to use my platform in Congress to serve as a vocal advocate for the unborn, even when other elected officials seek to dismiss them. Our work is far from being complete, and I won’t stop fighting.”
Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Alabama, also supports HR962, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The legislation would prohibit abortion by requiring that babies born alive after an abortion attempt receive similar medical care as babies born under other conditions.
“It is unconscionable that Democrats have so far not even allowed a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” Palmer said. “This legislation simply offers legal protection to babies that are born alive upon delivery after a failed abortion procedure. The bill would require medical professionals to give the same care to these babies that they would give to any other. In short, it protects newborn children from infanticide. This should not be complicated. But Democrats are making their feelings known by refusing to vote on H.R. 962. They want abortion at any time, even after birth, and they are afraid to allow anyone in their party who might have a different opinion to vote their conscience.”
“A child’s right to life is central to everything I believe,” Palmer said. “Abortions that occur late in a pregnancy are particularly gruesome, and the killing of an already delivered child is abhorrent to me. I am proud to support HR962, as well as other legislation that protects the lives and rights of children when they are most vulnerable. I stand with my colleagues as we continue to implore the Democrat Speaker and Majority Leader to allow a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. We will keep giving Democrats the opportunity to save babies from infanticide, and I hope they will respond rightly and vote with us to end gruesome and inhumane acts of violence against newborn children.”
Efforts to pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in the Senate failed when Democrats refused to allow the bill to come to a vote. Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, and Doug Jones, D-Alabama, both voted for debate to end so the bill could be voted on. Jones was one of only two Democrats to vote with the Republican majority. Despite Roby and Palmer’s efforts, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, is not expected to allow the bill to come to a vote in the Democratic controlled House of Representatives.