Dr. James Dobson

Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family.  

[Statement] Dr. James Dobson Calls on the Senate to Unanimously Pass Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Feb. 22, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — On Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, the U.S. Senate is scheduled for a floor vote on Senate bill S.311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act sponsored by Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.). The bill would guarantee that any child born alive in the context of an abortion would be provided full legal protection as a living human being. Therefore, the bill also mandates that medical treatment to attempt to save the child’s life also be provided. Sen. Sasse had originally called for “unanimous consent,” a parliamentary procedure that would have expedited the bill’s passage through the Senate, however the effort was blocked by Senator Patty Murray (D., Wash.) on behalf of Senate Democrats. There is currently no federal law which requires medical professionals to provide treatment for children born alive after attempted abortions, and as of 2014 only 26 states had laws mandating medical care in such instances. Furthermore, New York’s recently passed Reproductive Health Act (RHA) removed that state’s protection for children born alive after an abortion.

Dr. James Dobson issues the following statement in support of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: 

“In all my time in the pro-life movement, never did I think I would need to publicly declare my support for a bill like the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. I am truly saddened that we as a country would even have need to protect a child who has survived the horrors of an attempted abortion and has been left to die on a porcelain tray. Shockingly, despite what some politicians like Sen. Murray would have you believe, we do not currently have federal protection for babies who have survived such a procedure.

“Politicians such as Sen. Murray would have you believe that this bill is an affront to women’s ‘health’. That’s an outright lie and Sen. Murray knows this. She should be ashamed of herself for spreading such a fallacy. This has nothing to do with women’s health, but with the health of a precious, struggling newborn gasping for breath after attempted murder. The failed effort to pass the bill by unanimous voice vote is a national disgrace. Should the bill fail to pass the Senate floor vote on Monday, we must call out all those who opposed it as openly endorsing infanticide. 

“Therefore, it is up to Christians and Americans of good faith to correct course and right the ship of our nation. We must pray for our leaders that they will act in wisdom and with urgency. Every human child is an image bearer of the Creator, and we are all fearfully and wonderfully knit together in our mother’s womb. I call on all 100 Senators to support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sending a resounding and emphatic message to the country that the heinous practice of infanticide will never be allowed in our nation.”



Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated Christian leader, author and psychologist, earning his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the field of child development with a minor in research design. He is the founder and president of Family Talk and the James Dobson Family Institute, a nonprofit organization that produces his daily radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” In 2008, Dr. Dobson was inducted into The National Radio Hall of Fame. Follow him @DrJamesCDobson

The James Dobson Family Institute is dedicated to preserving the biblical institutions of marriage and family by encouraging, inspiring, supporting, and leading parents and children to build their lives on God’s Word. JDFI’s mission is driven by Dr. James Dobson’s legacy of serving families with broadcasts, videos, articles, leadership training, and policy advocacy to ensure the next generation of families are equipped to stand firm with answers to life’s most difficult questions.