WASHINGTON – Today, Dr. Green (R-TN) announced he will sign the petition filed by House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) to force a floor vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This bill would require medical care to children born alive after surviving a botched abortion.

“Now, more than ever, the American people need clarification – where exactly does the Democratic party stand on the issue of abortion? Are they really comfortable letting already born infants die?” asked Rep. Mark Green, MD. “This is not a trifling matter. I urge my colleagues in Congress to break party lines and protect these vulnerable and innocent children from this demise.”

Rep. Mark Green is a physician and cancer survivor. He founded an emergency department staffing company that grew to $200 million in annual revenue as well as two free medical clinics that provide healthcare to under-served populations in Memphis and Clarksville. He has previously written on the topics of abortion and infanticide here and here respectively.

Infanticide has made its way into national headlines after Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam took to the airways and vividly explained how he as a children’s doctor would make an infant 'comfortable’ while deliberating whether or not to let an infant die outside the womb after an attempted abortion. In New York, too, Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a very controversial bill that would allow non-doctors to perform abortions on women for any reason up until the child’s birth.

So far, Democrats have not made any move legislatively to protect children from this fate. In fact, they’ve blocked any attempt to even consider legislation to protect children. The discharge petition was filed after Democrats rejected 25 Republicans’ requests to vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Rep. Mark Green was one of those Republicans. His request was denied on the House floor on March 27th. The video of his request is here.

A simple majority (218) of signatures are needed for a discharge petition to be successful. In other words, 21 Democrats must join Republicans in this effort to move this bill to the floor. Three Democrats have already co-sponsored the bill.