The U.S. House of Representatives passed two pro-life measures on Wednesday, despite Democratic opposition some observers found shocking.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act passed 220-210 with complete Republican support. Only two Democrats did not oppose it: Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, voted present and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, voted in favor.
The bill requires that any infant who survives an abortion should receive medical care appropriate for the gestational age of the infant.
While Democrats were expected to oppose the measure, some of their arguments took observers by surprise, including pro-abortion arguments made from the very Bible verses that appear to support pro-life arguments.
“As a pro-choice Christian who chose life, this issue is personal to me,” Rep. Hillary Scholten, D-Michigan, said, referring to a lost pregnancy she experienced. “When I read scripture, I turn to Jeremiah 1:5 which states, ‘I knew you before I formed you and placed you in your mother’s womb.’
“It doesn’t say the government’s womb,” she quips.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, was not the only Democrat who argued requiring medical care for surviving infants may endanger them.
“The problem with this bill is that it endangers some infants by stating that that infant must immediately be brought to the hospital,” he said.
The House also passed a resolution condemning “recent attacks of vandalism, violence, and destruction against pro-life facilities, groups and churches.” It also, “calls upon the Biden Administration to use all appropriate law enforcement authorities to uphold public safety and to protect the rights of pro-life facilities, groups, and churches.”
The resolution passed 222-209 with Reps. Vicente Gonzalez, Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, and Marie Perez, D-Washington, joining Republicans in support.
The resolution comes after a recent spate of attacks on pro-life facilities. In the eight months since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision draft was leaked, at least 78 Pro-Life Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) were attacked by pro-abortion terrorists, as reported previously by The Lion.
Democrats voted against the resolution, claiming it didn’t go far enough to address political violence of all kinds, specifically violence against abortion providers, as reported by The Hill.
“I join my Democratic colleagues in opposing on the strongest terms all forms of political violence. That is something this resolution fails to do,” Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Texas, claimed.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, voted against the resolution, calling it, “an insufficient and divisive resolution that advances their extreme anti-choice agenda and diminishes a woman’s right to choose.”
Both measures will face a steep uphill battle in the Senate.