A group of Republican senators introduced a bill this week calling for states to be required to report all instances of babies being born alive after botched abortion attempts.
Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) are the lead sponsors of the Ensuring Accurate and Complete Abortion Data Reporting Act of 2019, which seeks to improve the quality of information available about abortions.
Senator Cotton told the National Review:
“The American people deserve to know how many babies are born alive during abortion attempts in our country…This is life-or-death information, yet most states don’t collect it. Our bill would require states to report accurate and complete data about abortion, including instances where babies are born alive during abortions.”
President of Susan B. Anthony List, Majorie Dannenfelser, expressed the need for the bill:
“The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) itself has long acknowledged that national statistics on abortion are lacking…State-level abortion data reporting is completely optional, resulting in a patchwork of incomplete, outdated and sometimes entirely missing information.”
🔦 This bill comes after Democrats blocked several Republican-led initiatives to require abortion doctors to provide the same treatment to abortion-surviving infants that they would provide to any infant.