Alabama Republican Congressmen Barry Moore and Jerry Carl on Friday became original cosponsors of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would require medical care for babies who survive abortion procedures and would impose criminal penalties for failure to provide such care.
“No matter the circumstances, all life is precious and worth saving,” Moore said. “Refusing life-saving medical care to a newborn child is unconscionable. I will continue to fight for these vulnerable babies, and I promise to protect the sanctity of life.”
This legislation builds upon the bipartisan Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002, which defined infant survivors of abortion as persons. Unfortunately, proponents say, the legislation fell short of ensuring essential medical care for those vulnerable newborns. The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sponsored by Congresswoman Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, would require medical professionals to provide this lifesaving care and would impose fines of up to five years in prison on those who refuse to do so. Additionally, this bill promotes the rights of women and the dignity of motherhood by providing legal protections to the mothers of abortion survivors.
Carl also wrote a letter to Democratic President Joe Biden on Friday urging him to reconsider his pro-abortion rights stance:
“As a nation we must remain rooted in the fundamental belief that all life is precious and created in the image of God. I’m proud to be pro-life and a fighter for the unborn, even though we have a President who is consistently hostile to the pro-life movement. Today I signed a letter to President Biden urging him to reconsider his decision to discontinue the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) policy. The PLGHA policy prevents tax-payer funding of global health programs and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that perform, promote, or lobby for abortion.
“This builds on more than a dozen pro-life bills I have cosponsored in the 117th Congress, including the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, the Life at Conception Act, and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”
Carl represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. Moore represents Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. Both are serving in the first month of their first term in the U.S. House of Representatives.