Gallagher Signs Born Alive Discharge Petition
April 16, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) this week signed a discharge petition that would force a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which mandates that any infant born alive after an abortion receives the same standard of care as any newborn baby and create penalties for doctors who allow infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn.
If the petition is signed by 218 members of the House, the bill will be brought to the House Floor for a vote.
“The idea that you could abort a child even after the moment of its birth is absolutely horrifying," said Rep. Gallagher. "While I know abortion can be an incredibly divisive topic, it shouldn't be controversial to protect the life of infants who are born alive. I urge all my colleagues to sign this petition and bring this important bill to the floor for a vote."
Last Congress, the Born-Alive Act discharge petition set a record for the most signatures within one legislative day of a discharge petition being introduced. Discharge petitions do not expire during the 117th Congress. At any point in this Congress, upon receiving 218 signatures, this discharge petition would force floor consideration of the Born Alive Act, with no amendments or procedural tactics in order, and proceed to a final vote.
Background on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:
- Requires that health care practitioners who are present at the live birth exercise skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child—the same degree of care that would be offered to any other child born prematurely of the same gestational age. After those efforts, the health care workers must transport and admit the child to a hospital.
- Requires health care practitioners and hospital employees to report violations to law enforcement authorities, reducing the number of born-alive abortions that go unreported.
- Penalizes the intentional killing of a born-alive child through fines or up to 5 years imprisonment.
- Gives the mother of the abortion survivor a civil cause of action against the abortionist and protection from prosecution, recognizing that women are the second victims of abortion and promoting the dignity of motherhood.