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Honorable Mark Sanford

Representing the 1st District of South Carolina

Vote Notes: H.R. 4712, The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Jan 20, 2018
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Yesterday was certainly dominated by the back and forth of government shutdown versus no government shutdown.

As mentioned in my last post, it also entailed a whole lot of waiting around as the tug-of-war went back and forth in negotiations of what came next on a continuing resolution.

In the middle of all of this activity, though, we actually voted yesterday morning on H.R. 4712. The vote coincided with the March for Life, so in addition to the shutdown’s spectators and participants, you had thousands of people from around the country here for the March as well.

We hosted a drop-by for some of the participants from home, and it was neat to catch up with both young and old who had made it a point to exercise their First Amendment rights in gathering and saying what they believed.

Here’s what struck me though about H.R. 4712. And this stands regardless of one’s view of abortion, choice, or the larger theme of life and the life movement. It’s a commentary on how politicized things have become.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would strengthen a 2002 law that gave the same rights to infant survivors of an abortion as those afforded others prematurely-born. While this bill certainly had additional safeguards for the prematurely-born, what’s interesting is that the original base bill went through without controversy.

We certainly are living in more strident political waters, and I suspect that that has something to do with the degree of discord I saw in today’s debate on this bill. In any case, I voted for the bill and was pleased to have many folks from back home drop by the office yesterday.