Battle to Respect the Sanctity of Human Life Remains at Center Stage

Russell Senate Office BuildingMost Senate Democrats and two Senate Republicans voted to block legislation that would largely outlaw abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, an age at which science is clear that a prenatal child can feel pain.  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.1553), stated, “We took the first vote in the Senate and were able to see where every Senator stands. Today, the battle begins working to bring more supporters to our cause.”  He also noted that the U.S. is one of only seven nations, including China and North Korea, that currently allows abortion after 20 weeks.  “We should no longer be part of that club,” he added. 

In the House of Representatives two pro-life bills were successfully advanced in recent days, both in response to the horrors revealed about Planned Parenthood by undercover videos.  One bill would defund Planned Parenthood and the other, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504), would give protection to those children born during a failed abortion.  Shockingly, the White House has threatened a veto of both, leading Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Congressional Pro-Life Caucus Co-Chair, to declare, “[T]he President demonstrated that his subservience to Planned Parenthood is absolute and without question…. We are talking about babies that have been BORN ALIVE and are separate from their mothers…. Can we not treat these tiny infants as a person—as patients?” 

Next week, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, is slated to testify before a House Oversight Committee hearing as her organization and the horrors captured on video continue to stay at center stage in national conversation.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: September 25, 2015


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