Cole Signs Discharge Petition to Allow Vote on Pro-Life Legislation
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) signed a discharge petition filed yesterday by House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) and Congresswoman Kat Cammack (FL-03), calling for a vote on H.R. 619, 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. Cole is a member of the Pro-Life Caucus.
“Providing life-saving care to all newborn babies should not be a divisive issue,” said Cole. “I am deeply disturbed by the Democratic majority’s continued refusal to allow a House vote on legislation that all babies born alive, including abortion survivor newborns, receive life-saving care if needed. No matter what side Americans fall on the emotionally-charged issue of abortion, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is simply common sense, and it is sad that Republicans must resort to a discharge petition to pressure Democrats to do the right thing.”