Senate Democrats blocked a bill introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) that would have ensured babies who survive abortion receive medical care. The bill was introduced in the wake of legislation in Virginia that aimed to expand access to abortion in that state.
Sasse sought to pass the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act by unanimous consent, which allows any single senator to stop a bill by raising an objection.
“I’m going to ask all 100 senators to come to the floor and be against infanticide. This shouldn’t be complicated,” Sasse said last week.
“You’re either for babies or you’re defending infanticide,” Sasse said prior to Monday’s vote.
Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.) objected to the bill, Catholic News Agency reports. Murray, the only Democratic senator to come to the floor Monday evening, said the legislation is unnecessary because there are existing restrictions on infanticide.
“We have laws against infanticide in this country,” Murray said. “This is a gross misinterpretation of the actual language of the bill that is being asked to be considered and therefore, I object.”
She left the chamber immediately after objecting.