Your help is urgently needed to protect unborn children and women from late-term abortions and to ensure that no one is forced to participate in abortion. The Senate has announced that it will vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Monday, January 29. And, 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 (S. 2311), 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 both 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 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, or if you prefer to call, you will find your member’s phone number and a suggested phone script.
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“Please vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) 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.”
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). For procedural reasons, the original Senate bill (S. 1922) was re-introduced (same exact text) as S. 2311. To see the text of the bill and the current list of co-sponsors click here.
Conscience Protection Act
Background on the CPA can be found in our previous alert here.