Last week all four congressmen from Arkansas signed a petition to force a vote on pro-life H.R. 619, the federal Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

H.R. 619 is a federal measure currently in Congress. If passed, it would protect infants who survive a botched abortion.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would ensure that a baby born alive after an abortion receives the same medical care as any other newborn.

The measure also would punish doctors who let an infant die or intentionally kill a newborn following an abortion.

Several states have enacted similar legislation — including Arkansas. H.R. 619 would protecting babies nationwide.

All four of Arkansas’ congressmen are co-sponsors on the measure.

H.R. 619 is tied up in committee, but last week some 202 members of Congress signed a petition asking for a floor vote on the bill in the full U.S. House of Representatives.