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Texas Senate Republican Caucus Hails Passage of Senate Bill 23, the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, authored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst

April 9, 2019

All 19 Republican Senators voted to send Senate Bill 23 to the House and ensure that babies Born-Alive must be given every chance to live

 AUSTIN – Senate Bill 23, the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, authored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst passed the Senate 21-10 with all 19 Republican Senators voting for it. Senate Bill 23 would protect the rights of a living child born after an abortion. Any baby born in Texas is going to be respected as a human being. Where Washington D.C. has been unclear, the Texas Senate Republican Caucus is going to be very clear, we will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Senator Kolkhorst touched on some of the most important aspects of the bill, highlighting that, “Senate Bill 23 enhances the penalty for healthcare providers who do not provide care to babies born-alive from abortions to a 3rd degree felony.” In explaining the purpose of her bill, Senator Kolkhorst stated on the floor of the Senate that, “The goal of this bill is to protect children born-alive from an abortion.”

While national Democratic leaders have failed to support legislation, which protects the lives of innocent babies born-alive as a result of an abortion and while many Democrats have failed to unequivocally state that the ending of life after an abortion is morally wrong, the Texas Senate Republican Caucus has made clear that it will not stand for it. Senate Bill 23 incentivizes healthcare providers to render as much aid as possible to a child born-alive from an abortion, no matter the parents’ or healthcare providers’ opinion. Senator Kolkhorst reiterated to her democratic counterparts when pressed that, “SB 23 makes it acutely clear that a doctor must render aid to a baby born-alive from an abortion.

Opponents of the bill have tried to thwart passage by inaccurately contending that doctors would have to choose whether to render aid to an ailing mother vs. a born-alive child in this situation. This contention is simply false. As Senator Campbell noted during debate, “The amount of hands on deck is not the issue that this bill seeks to address.” Senator Paxton echoed Senator Campbell by reiterating that, “Any child who is born-alive from an abortion deserves our full attention and care. Thank you, Senator Kolkhorst, for making it very clear that we value life in Texas.

Chairman of the Caucus, Senator Paul Bettencourt, summed up the Texas Senate Republican Caucus’ position, “Simply put, if a baby is born alive, it should stay alive. Infanticide should never be an option.” The Texas Senate Republican Caucus is confident that this bill will ensure that healthcare providers, who in the past may have allowed a baby born-alive from an abortion to die without proper medical care, no longer do so. Senator Hall reflected the caucus’ sentiments when he said, “Killing a baby born-alive from an abortion or allowing it to die without proper care is pre-meditated capital murder.

The Caucus has also produced a video on SB 23, linked here: https://www.texassenate.gop/2019/04/09/senate-bill-23-press-conference/

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