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Congressman Roger Marshall

Representing the 1st District of Kansas

Marshall Signs Pro-life Petition to Force Pelosi to Vote on Lifesaving Legislation

April 3, 2019
Press Release

 WASHINGTON, D.C.- For 25 days straight, House Republicans have asked Nancy Pelosi to bring H.R. 962, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to a vote, she refused. Now, members are demanding a vote by filing a discharge petition. This petition, with enough signatures, would force every representative to go on record as to whether or not they support allowing babies who survive botched abortions the right to live.

“I’m grateful that for over 25 years I was able to deliver babies in rural Kansas - but never in my wildest dreams did I think that when I came to Washington I’d have to fight harder to save babies lives in Congress than I did in the delivery room,” Congressman Marshall said. “Enough is enough; this is a measure of basic human dignity, and it's being avoided and blocked by Nancy Pelosi.”

The Born Alive Act would provide protections to babies that survive abortions and ensure that they receive the immediate medical care they desperately need. Congressman Marshall joined abortion survivors, physicians, and pro-life leaders on the Hill to advocate for this bill in a press conference outside of the Capitol.

“For such a time as this, we're here to right the wrongs in current law, and I need people’s help, I need people to call their Congressmen. We need 21 Democrats to sign this discharge petition so we can vote on this bill,” Congressman Marshall said at the Born Alive press conference on Tuesday.

In order to force a vote, the petition must secure 218 signatures, which would require 21 Democrats to sign on. Currently, the petition has 193 signatures, with only two Democrats on the list. Dr. Marshall signed the discharge petition on Tuesday. 

Watch Dr. Marshall’s remarks at the press conference here: 

We must pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act