U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a longtime and outspoken pro-life advocate, today voted in support of legislation to protect the lives of children born-alive after a failed abortion. While Senator Ernst voted in support of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, ultimately Democrats forced it to fail.

“Today, we had the opportunity to categorically reject infanticide. I am heartbroken to find that, instead, partisanship prevailed. We face a moral crisis when the United States Senate, the world’s greatest deliberative body, refuses to acknowledge the repugnancy and savagery of infanticide. We must do better. I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our laws respect the human dignity of all persons, especially our most vulnerable babies and children,” said Senator Joni Ernst.

Background:

Senator Ernst is an original cosponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This bill requires health care practitioners to provide the same degree of care to a baby who survives an abortion as they would any child born naturally premature at the same age.

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