Capitol Hill Report: Protecting Survivors of Abortions

January 13, 2018

Protecting Survivors of Abortions

Congress will soon take their first pro-life vote of the year.  The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act ( H.R. 4712/S.220 ) will move to the House floor next week.  This vote will be in tandem with the March for Life which draws thousands of pro-lifers from across the world to march the streets of Washington, D.C. as a voice for the unborn.

This legislation simply requires a medical professional to use life-saving measures on a child that has been born alive during an abortion.  The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives released a report last year revealing that these measures were absent in some circumstances.  It seems ridiculous that we need to have such a law, but as you know, abortionists are not in the life-saving business contrary to their counterparts.  This bill would keep medical professionals accountable for their actions and ultimately saves lives.

This bill is sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and currently has 60 co-sponsors.  Eagle Forum will engage in grassroots efforts to move this legislation across the finish line.

 

Wheeling and Dealing on Immigration

The White House and Congressional Leadership of both parties met this week to discuss Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The outcome was President Trump leaving the ultimate decision up to Congress.  One day later, legislation was introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to continue the DACA program but gives into all of the President’s demands. Although this bill grants amnesty to illegal immigrants, the litany of good provisions would prevent messy amnesty decisions in the future. In addition to codifying DACA, the Securing America’s Future Act does as follows:

  • Eliminates the Visa Lottery
  • Puts an end to chain migration
  • Decreases overall immigration by 25%
  • Authorizes border wall construction
  • Adds 5,000 Border Patrol Agents and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection Officers
  • Makes E-Verify mandatory
  • Authorizes the Department of Justice to withhold law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities and allows victims to sue those sanctuary cities that released their attacker
  • Codifies Kate’s Law which increases penalties for returning aliens who were previously deported

It is unfortunate that we are in the position of making a deal on amnesty, however, this bill allows Conservatives to go further in securing the borders than they would have otherwise.  This bill must pass as written to ensure no new amnesty measures are added.

Eagle Forum will monitor this legislation as it moves through Congress.  Contact your Congressman to tell them you will only support this bill if it passes as written.


Tabitha Walter is the Washington, D.C. Executive Director for Eagle Forum.