Little Rock, AR — Last week U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R – Arkansas) and Joni Ernst (R – Iowa) filed the Ensuring Accurate and Complete Abortion Data Reporting Act of 2019. The law requires each state to report botched abortions to the Federal Center for Disease Control in order to qualify for Medicaid funding.
Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “This is very good legislation. Right now we don’t know how many babies are born alive after botched abortions in America. Some states don’t even tell the federal government how many abortions happen in their state. This bill would fix that.”
Cox said the proposal is similar to state laws on the books in Arkansas. “Thankfully the Arkansas legislature has already passed some of the best laws in the nation when it comes to tracking abortion statistics. We’ve passed good laws that protect babies from being killed or left to die if they survive an abortion. Botched abortions are a serious issue, and we need to treat them that way. “
Cox said he hopes Congress and the Senate will pass the Ensuring Accurate and Complete Abortion Data Reporting Act of 2019. “Ultimately, this is about protecting babies who survive abortion. That’s something we have to do. This is a good bill. I hope it’s passed and signed into law soon.”
Family Council is a conservative education and research organization based in Little Rock.