President reverses the Democrats in both House and Senate for blocking action
Late Wednesday morning, President Trump introduced, through a pre-recorded virtual announcement before the National Catholics Prayer Breakfast, he would sign an Executive Order protecting the lives of born-alive abortion survivors:
While the Executive Order’s contents have not yet been made public, it is expected to follow closely to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, S. 311 which Senate Democrats, including Illinois’ Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth successfully filibustered by a 56-41 vote in late February.
Three days later, House Republicans, through a Motion-to-Recommit (MTR) to H.R. 2339 Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act, attempted to apply S. 311 language as a final amendment to the House bill. The House Democrats successfully defeated the MTR. As published on McHenry County Blog, then-14th district candidate Jerry Evans issued a blistering response to Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s “Nay” vote. Congressman Sean Casten also voted against the MTR.
In Illinois, state legislation strengthening the IL Born-Alive protection was voted down after the turn of the century including then State Senator Barack Obama, including a present vote in 2001, a “No” vote in 2002 and in 2003, the bill died in committee.