As The Washington Free Beacon notes, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Tom Udall (D-NM) co-sponsored the KITTEN Act of 2019, which was introduced on March 7 after it was revealed that between 2003 and 2015, the U.S. government conducted experiments in which scientists euthanized dogs and cats from overseas and fed their remains to laboratory cats for research. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s lab in Maryland reportedly purchased 400 dogs from Colombia, Brazil and Vietnam, and over 100 cats from China and Ethiopia for the research, according to NBC News, which added that not only were dog remains fed to cats but cat remains were injected into mice.
But on February 25, prior to the introduction of the Kitten Act, the Born Alive Abortions Survivors Protection Act came up for a vote before the Senate, which needed 60 votes for cloture in order to proceed, but failed; the vote got 53 yeas and 44 nays. Merkley, Booker, Peters and Udall all voted against cloture.
The Free Beacon quoted Lauren Fine, spokeswoman for Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) saying, “There is nothing more valuable than human life, and as a society we must defend it at every stage. It’s unfathomable that Democrats can find time to defend the lives of kittens, but at the same time are vehemently opposed to even the consideration of legislation designed to protect infants born alive during an abortion from being killed.” . . .
The Free Beacon also quoted a GOP aide in the Senate asserting, “When Democrats want to talk about ending ‘taxpayer-funded kitten slaughter,’ they say it’s just common sense. When millions of pro-life Americans want to end taxpayer subsidies to the nation’s largest abortion business, Democrats rush to call it an extremist agenda.” (Read more from “Four Democratic Senators Vow to Protect Kittens. Here’s How They Voted Regarding Unborn Children.” HERE)