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House Judiciary Committee Oks Born Alive Infants Protection Act


WASHINGTON (BP)–The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has approved legislation providing legal protection to newborn babies.

The committee voted 25-2 July 24 to report out the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, H.R. 2175. The bill would grant federal protection to any newborn child fully outside his mother’s womb.

The Senate already has approved its version of such legislation. Senators voted 98-0 in late June for the measure as an amendment to the Patients’ Bill of Rights.

The bill was first proposed last year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state ban on partial-birth abortion and after congressional testimony was heard describing an abortion method in which newborns who survive are allowed to die. The procedure, which nurses testified is used at Christ Hospital in Chicago, is called live-birth abortion. Babies are induced, and if they fail to die during the process, they are left unattended to die.

The House of Representatives easily approved the bill last year, but the Senate failed to act on it.

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and nearly all other pro-life organizations have endorsed the bill.

Rep. Steve Chabot, R.-Ohio, is the chief sponsor in the House. Sen. Rick Santorum, R.-Pa., is the prime sponsor in the Senate.
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