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S. 311 (116th): Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act


About the bill

Almost every Senate Republican has cosponsored this pro-life bill.

Context

The pro-life movement’s most recent concern has become Democrats’ supposed willingness to kill fetuses which survive abortion attempts, sparked by comments made by Virginia’s governor.

Gov. Northam said during a radio interview that under a proposed Democratic-led bill, an infant who survived an abortion attempt “would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired.”

Some took that to mean that if it’s not what the family desired, the fetus would be killed or left to die by a doctor — even though that’s not what the governor said, and after an outcry the governor’s office quickly clarified that conclusion was a complete misinterpretation.

Nonetheless, Republicans are now solidifying around a bill ...

Sponsor and status

Benjamin “Ben” Sasse

Sponsor. Senator for Nebraska. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 4, 2019
Length: 8 pages
Introduced
Jan 31, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress but was killed due to a failed vote for cloture, under a fast-track vote called "suspension", or while resolving differences on February 25, 2020.

Cosponsors

50 Cosponsors (50 Republicans)

Source

Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Donald Trump [R, 2017-2021]: S. 311 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Feb 25, 2019)

What legislators are saying

Sasse Receives Perfect Pro-Life Rating from Susan B. Anthony List
    — Sen. Benjamin “Ben” Sasse [R-NE] (Sponsor) on Jan 22, 2020

English/ Espaol: Rubio Statement on Democrat Obstruction of Pro-life Bills
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 25, 2020

Hirono, Murray, and Colleagues Denounce Latest Republican Attack on a Woman’s Right to Choose in Remarks on the Senate Floor
    — Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI] on Feb 25, 2019

More statements at ProPublica Represent...

History

Jan 31, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Feb 4, 2019
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Feb 25, 2019
 
Failed Cloture in the Senate

The Senate must often vote to end debate before voting on a bill, called a cloture vote. The vote on cloture failed. This is often considered a filibuster. The Senate may try again.

Feb 25, 2020
 
Failed Cloture in the Senate

The Senate must often vote to end debate before voting on a bill, called a cloture vote. The vote on cloture failed. This is often considered a filibuster. The Senate may try again.

S. 311 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 311. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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