As pro-life marchers took to Washington, D.C., on Friday, Hall County’s congressional delegation were as one on the issue of abortion on Friday.
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, took to the House floor during the day to talk about the Born-Alive Survivor Protection Act, a House bill that would require doctors to save the lives of and give treatment to babies born alive during the course of an abortion.
Collins spoke to the House as the annual March for Life was gearing up in Washington — and as lawmakers in the nation’s capital were working to avoid a government shutdown, an effort that continued into the night on Friday as Congress approached its midnight deadline to pass a stopgap funding measure.
“Children born alive during an abortion attempt are particularly vulnerable, and they should be guaranteed the medical treatment due to any other newborn. In passing this legislation, we’ve taken action to ensure that doctors deliver such medical care to these children,” Collins said on the floor of the House.
House Resolution 4172 would make it a crime for a doctor to carry out an abortion once a baby has been born, and the bill also would protect mothers from prosecution.
While the bill sailed through the House on Friday, it’s expected to be added to a growing pile of bills stalled in the Senate, where Republicans don’t have the 60-seat majority needed to prevent filibusters.
The bill is opposed by Democrats and groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America, which heaped scorn on the march on Friday.
“Every year, the ‘March for Life’ is a reminder of how a small group of individuals remains obsessed with shaming women for our personal decisions and controlling our lives,” said NARAL President Ilyse Hogue. “The thousands here today are so dramatically out of line with mainstream Americans’ values of dignity, compassion and self-determination.”
Hogue also made a point of naming the one Democrat participating in the march on Friday: Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois. She said his presence at the march was a “travesty underscored by the fact that he will be standing with a president who has made clear in action and deed that his disdain for women knows no bounds.”
Lipinksi is a member of the Catholic Church, which has a strong pro-life stance, and a co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.
Georgia’s senators also joined in the pro-life chorus on Friday. Sen. Johnny Isakson took to Twitter to show pictures of himself meeting with marchers, while Sen. David Perdue put out a statement touting his own voting record.
“March for Life makes a powerful statement to our country’s leaders and the world: all life is worth protecting,” Perdue said. “We have a moral obligation to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves, and I will continue working alongside these Georgians marching today to advance pro-life policies.”
As with Collins, Lipinski and other pro-life politicians, Perdue has supported legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and preventing federal funding from being used for abortions or to pay for health plans that include abortion.