Dr. Joyce Signs Discharge Petition to Force Vote on Pro-Life Legislation, Protect Babies Born Alive

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) this week signed a discharge petition to force House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow a full House vote on H.R. 619, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act. This commonsense legislation would ensure that all children born alive after a botched abortion attempt will be given the same medical care as any other baby.

“As a doctor, my pro-life conviction is rooted in the Hippocratic Oath’s commitment to human life. In the medical community, each of us is called to do everything in our power to protect the patients we treat,” said Dr. Joyce. “Protecting children born alive should transcend political divides. After unconscionable delays and obstruction, it is time for Congress to take a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act so that the American people can see who is willing to stand up to infanticide and fight for innocent children.”

Dr. Joyce is an original co-sponsor of H.R 619, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require that health care practitioners who are present at a live birth during an attempted abortion exercise the same degree of skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child that would be offered to any other child born prematurely at the same gestational age and then immediately transport and admit the child to a hospital. The legislation also would give the mother of the abortion survivor a civil cause of action against the abortionist and protection from prosecution.

The discharge petition, a longstanding tactic employed by the minority party, requires 218 signatures to force consideration of a bill in the House. In the 116th Congress, the discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act garnered 205 bipartisan signatures.