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Members of Congress seek to force vote on bill protecting children who survive abortion

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Denise Burke regarding a petition launched Wednesday by pro-life members of Congress to force the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that would provide legal protections and ensure appropriate medical care for children who survive abortions:

“We respectfully challenge our lawmakers, at both the state and federal levels, to affirm the basic human rights of vulnerable children, whether they are born or unborn. Every human life has immense value, and every baby deserves to be protected. We urge the House to support this bill and provide legal protection for babies who survive abortions. These are children by everyone’s definition, and it’s inhuman to leave them without these safeguards. We’re grateful for Rep. Ann Wagner, Rep. Kat Cammack, and Whip Steve Scalise’s leadership in supporting this bill and for every elected leader who works to advance human rights and to protect vulnerable babies.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Denise Burke

Denise Burke serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a member of the Center for Legislative Advocacy. In this role, she works to protect life from conception to natural death and to defend the conscience rights of healthcare professionals. Prior to joining ADF, Burke served as vice president of legal affairs for Americans United for Life. She began her career with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Air Force, both on active duty and in the reserve. Rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, she served as an instructor at the USAF JAG School and on the editorial board of the Air Force Law Review. In response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Burke volunteered to serve again on active duty. In recognition of her service, the Air Force awarded her the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. A member of the state bar of Texas, Burke is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and multiple federal district and appellate courts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland, followed by her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University.