Rep, Kathy Castor (D) of Florida’s 14th Congressional District voted no last month on HR 4712 – The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
The bill required practitioners who are present when an abortion procedure results in a “child born alive” ( a fetus that has been removed from the uterus at any stage of development that exhibits a heartbeat, pulsation of the umbilical cord, breathing, or voluntary muscle movement ) to exercise the same degree of care as they would with a child born in any other circumstance.
It specifies that any action to intentionally cause the death of a “child born alive” can be legally prosecuted and is punishable as an act of homicide or attempted murder.
Castor, a staunch pro-abortion lawmaker, was one of 183 members to vote no. The bill passed 241-183.
She is endorsed NARAL and has introduced legislation in the past that would ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services (The Women’s Health Protection Act).