Urge House and Senate to Enact Pro-Life Legislation
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Last Updated Date: 
01/16/2018

Your help is urgently needed to protect unborn children and women from late-term abortions, to protect unborn babies who are born alive following an abortion and to ensure that no one is forced to participate in abortion.  On Friday of this week, the House will vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  The Senate is working to schedule a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which passed the House last October.  The House vote (and possibly the Senate vote) is timed to coincide with the annual March for Life taking place on Friday, January 19 in Washington, D.C.  Finally, both the House and Senate are deeply involved in negotiations on a Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill and, as mentioned in previous action alerts, we are pressing hard to get the Conscience Protection Act included in that bill.

Please contact your senators immediately and urge them to vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and work to ensure that the Conscience Protection Act is included in the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill. 

Please contact your representative immediately and urge them to vote for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712) and work to ensure that the Conscience Protection Act is included in the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill.

Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has called on Congress to enact each of these common-sense abortion policy reforms. His letter to senators, urging passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act can be read here.  His letter to representatives urging passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act can be read here. His letter in support of the Conscience Protection Act is here.

Suggested Actions to Take Immediately:

  • Send a message today urging your senators to vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and to get the Conscience Protection Act included in the FY 2018 appropriations bill. Click here to send your message by email or Twitter.
  • Send a message today urging your representatives to vote for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and to get the Conscience Protection Act included in the FY 2018 appropriations bill. Click here to send your message by email or Twitter.
  • Share this alert with your friends and family. Copy this link and paste it in an email encouraging everyone you know to contact Congress.
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Suggested Message:

For Senators:

“Please vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and oppose all weakening amendments. This bill represents a common-sense and widely-supported reform of abortion policy.  And please work to ensure the Conscience Protection Act is included in the FY 2018 appropriations bill.”

For Representatives:

“Please vote for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712).  This bill represents a common-sense and widely-supported reform of abortion policy.  And please work to ensure the Conscience Protection Act is included in the FY 2018 appropriations bill.”

Background:

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

With limited exceptions, this bill makes it unlawful to perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater. The bill asserts a compelling governmental interest in protecting unborn children beginning at 20 weeks because of the substantial medical evidence that an unborn child can experience pain at least at this stage.  There are other compelling reasons to ban late-term abortions as well including that they pose more serious dangers to women.

The House passed this bill on October 3, 2017 (237- “yes” to 189-“no”, 7 not voting. “Yes” was a pro-life vote).  The Senate is working to schedule a vote on this bill as soon as possible.  For procedural reasons, the original bill (S. 1922) is being re-introduced (same exact text) and the bill number will change.  However, to see the text of the bill and the current list of co-sponsors click here.

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Nearly sixteen years ago, Congress passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act with an overwhelming level of bi-partisan support rarely seen with legislation related to abortion (the bill passed the House on a voice vote and was agreed to in the Senate by unanimous consent). The Act reaffirms what should be obvious: Each infant who is fully born and shows signs of life must be recognized in law as a human person.

However, this law provides no specified mechanism for holding an abortionist accountable for denying care to babies who survive abortions.  And there is sufficient evidence that abortionists do not always provide care to babies who survive an abortion and are born alive.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712) would remedy this problem by requiring any health care practitioner present when a child is born alive following an abortion to exercise the same degree of care to preserve the life and health of the child as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.  And following exercise of such care, it requires the practitioner to ensure that the child is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital. The House is planning to vote on this bill sometime during the week of January 15. To see the text of H.R. 4712 and the current list of co-sponsors click here.

The House passed an identical bill on September 18, 2015 by a vote of 248 to 177 with 1 present.

Conscience Protection Act

Background on the CPA can be found in our previous alert here.

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