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Bilirakis Continues to Champion the Sanctity of Life

April 15, 2021
Press Release

Bilirakis Continues to Champion the Sanctity of Life

 

Washington, D.C.  Earlier today, Congressman Bilirakis signed a discharge petition calling for an immediate vote on the House Floor of H.R. 619, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  This critical legislation applies to babies who are born alive after surviving an abortion.  The proposed law requires that health care practitioners who are present at the live birth exercise skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child—the same degree of care that would be offered to any other child born prematurely at the same gestational age.  After those efforts, the health care workers must transport and admit the child to a hospital for further life-saving measures. It is mindboggling that last Congress, Democrats refused to protect babies born alive by blocking more than 80 attempts to end infanticide.

 

All life is sacred and must be protected.  I will forever be proudly pro-life because the sanctity of life is one of the most basic of all fundamental freedoms. I cannot fathom how anyone could, in good conscience, object to requiring basic medical treatment for an innocent babyWhile the Hippocratic oath alone ought to compel medical providers to give life-saving care to an abortion survivor without a legislative mandate, this has tragically proven not to be the case.  said Congressman Bilirakis. 

 

The ability to protect innocent life has recently come under extreme attack.  In addition to thwarting a vote to end infanticide, Democrats have already begun to roll back  protections for the unborn so they can enact radical pro-abortion policies.  In the first days of his Administration, President Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy which bans federal funding of organizations that provide abortion services overseas.   A Marist poll released January 2020 found that 76 percent of Americans oppose using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions in other countries.   Yet, Speaker Pelosi and Congressional Democrats have attempted to repeal other pro-life protections like the Hyde Amendment, despite the fact that an estimated 60% of Americans do not support using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.  Fortunately, these protections have- so far- been protected in the United States Senate. 

 

Congressman Bilirakis has also recently co-sponsored the Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act, which would require all federally-funded entities to certify that they do not perform abortions or provide funds to other entities that provide abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.   He also co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for the U.N. Population Fund Act, which would prohibit the Department of State and other federal agencies from providing funds directly or indirectly to the United Nations’ Population Fund.  This fund has historically been involved in China’s brutal birth limitation policy that includes forced abortions and sterilizations.  Also, Bilirakis joined his colleagues in requesting the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill contain pro-life protections including:  maintaining ethical safeguards for research involving human fetal tissue, preventing funding from going to abortion providers and ensuring conscience protections for healthcare providers.

 

In addition to legislative action, Congressman Bilirakis has co-authored a letter to the White House and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra raising concerns with the Administration’s planned repeal of the Protect Life Rule.  The rule requires entities receiving Title X family planning funds to be physically and financially separate from abortion providers, and as a result, Planned Parenthood declined to participate in the program.  Also, Bilirakis co-signed a letter to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee requesting the inclusion of language preventing the District of Columbia from using funds to implement the DC’s Reproductive Health Non-discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA).   RHNDA challenges the ability of pro-life and faith-based organizations to make employment decisions consistent with the organization’s views on life. 

 

Congressman Bilirakis will continue to seek opportunities in the U.S. Congress to remain a voice for the voiceless and promote the culture of life.