The U.S. Senate voted today on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill which (according to its text) would “prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.” Sixty “yes” votes would have been required to avoid a filibuster; the cloture motion got only 53 votes.
New Hampshire Democrat Senators Shaheen and Hassan both voted No, resorting to Twitter to explain their position. Decide for yourself what their tweets have to do with infanticide, which is what the bill was written to prohibit.
From @SenatorHassan: “Tonight, I voted NO on yet another partisan attack on reproductive health care. Women, families and their doctors are capable of making these complicated medical decisions without government interference.”
From @SenatorShaheen: “The bill forced by Senate Republicans today would significantly interfere with the doctor-patient relationship & pose new obstacles to a woman’s constitutional right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health.”