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Cole Signs Discharge Petition to Allow Vote on Pro-Life Legislation

April 2, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) today signed a discharge petition led by Republican Whip Steve Scalise calling for a vote on H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. For the discharge petition to allow consideration of and a vote on the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, it must receive 218 signatures from lawmakers. Signatures can be collected on a rolling basis throughout this Congress.

“It’s unfortunate that Republicans must resort to a discharge petition to further pressure the Democratic majority to defend life for abortion survivor newborns,” said Cole. “No matter what side Americans fall on the emotionally-charged issue of abortion, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act shouldn’t be divisive. All babies born alive deserve the same right to life-saving care.”

The discharge petition follows 25 separate Republican requests brought by unanimous consent to vote on the bill, including one brought up by Cole on February 14, 2019.

In addition, Cole expanded on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in his weekly column released yesterday here.