U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R- OH) today announced his cosponsorship of H.R. 962, the U.S. House of Representatives version of Senator Ben Sasse’s (R-NE) Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The bill, introduced in the House by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), ensures any infant born alive after a failed or attempted abortion receives the same protection under law as any other newborn and penalizes doctors who intentionally kill or allow such infants to die.
“As a new father, it is hard to imagine a world in which the killing of a newborn child is acceptable, let alone legal in our country. The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act should not be a partisan bill. It is common sense. This bill does not question where one stands on the pro-life debate. This bill simply states that all children born in this country deserve the same protections under the law. It is that simple, and it should pass unanimously.” said Rep. Gonzalez.
“Ohio Right to Life is supportive of federal efforts to implement the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act,” said Jamieson Gordon, spokeswoman for Ohio Right to Life. “Babies who are born alive after a botched abortion deserve the same level of life-saving care that any other human beings would be given. This common sense law is crucial and we thank Congressman Gonzalez for signing on as a co-sponsor.”
Rep. Gonzalez is also a cosponsor of H.R. 784, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) earlier this year. The bill seeks to prevent abortions after the 20 week mark, the point at which an unborn child can feel and respond to pain.