U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a leading voice in the Democratic caucus singlehandedly blocked a measure that would have explicitly outlawed infanticide. (The Daily Caller)

The bill, presented by Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, was titled the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” and would have offered medical care and legal protections to infants who survived attempted abortions.

Sasse addressed the topic from the Senate floor Monday evening, calling for unanimous consent and saying, “Frankly, this shouldn’t be hard.”

Murray objected to the measure, saying that it was unnecessary to move forward since infanticide is already illegal — and her objection prevented the bill from receiving the support Sasse had asked for.

Sasse took up the effort following remarks from embattled Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who had been speaking in defense of a late-term abortion bill in his home state.

Yesterday was not the first time Republican lawmakers attempted to protect infants who survive late-term abortions. Nor was it the first time Democrats thwarted the move.

In 2003, then-little-known Illinois State Senator Barack Obama voted against a similar bill.

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