Early this evening, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act failed to pass the US Senate by a vote of 53-44. The bill fell short by seven votes.
Three Democratic senators, Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Doug Jones of Alabama voted yes on the bill. Aside from these outliers, the votes fell along party lines.
The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Ben Sasse, would require that newborns who have survived a botched abortion receive the same medical care that would be given to “any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”