Sen. Ben Sasse's effort to win unanimous Senate approval for a bill to ban what he described as infanticide — allowing or enabling a newborn baby to die — was blocked on the Senate floor on Monday night.
It takes only a single objection to prevent such a motion to be considered and adopted and the objection was provided by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the sole Democratic senator who was on the floor at the time.
Sasse's effort was prompted by what he described as "Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's defense of infanticide and New York's recent repeal of state-level protections for abortion survivors."
"This isn't about clumps of cells," Sasse said. "This is fourth-trimester abortion. That's actually what we're talking about here tonight.
"It's wrong to let little babies who've been born die," the Nebraska Republican senator said.
"Everyone in this Senate ought to be able to say unequivocally that the little baby deserves life. That she has rights, and that killing her is wrong."
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was introduced by Sasse.
Responding to Sasse's motion on the floor, Murray said "this is a gross misrepresentation of the actual language of the bill that is being asked to be considered and therefore I object."