WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) introduced the “Patient Rights Act” today, a bill to restrict federal funding for health care entities that do not respect all human life and patient rights.
“The unborn deserve the same rights as any other human being,” said Senator Cramer. “All patients- from the unborn to the elderly- are given the unalienable right to life, but our current system too often denies them of it. Organizations that do not honor the right to life at any of its stages do not deserve taxpayer funds, and this bill reflects that truth.”
Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) signed onto the bill as original cosponsors.
“Health care means protecting and preserving the life and health of every patient,” said Senator Daines. “This includes not only unborn children, but also the elderly and disabled.”
“Life begins at conception. Health care facilities are tasked with protecting the health of each and every patient, and unborn children should not be an exception to that rule,” said Senator Blackburn. “Because these young lives cannot advocate for themselves, we will fight on their behalf through the Patients’ Rights Act.”
Prominent pro-life organizations also offered their support for this legislation.
“Thank you Senator,” said March for Life, “for defending the rights of pre-born babies through the Patient Rights Act.”
The Patients’ Rights Act seeks to show that the ideology that allows for the killing of the unborn, or allows the recently born to die as a result of insufficient care, has implications for patients at all stages of life who are unable to advocate for themselves. It does this by first recognizing the unborn as patients, then restricting federal funding to any health care facility that does not protect the lives of all patients: from conception to natural death.