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Yesterday the U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved a late term abortion ban in the nation’s capital, where abortion is legal for any reason until the moment of birth. The vote was 18-14, split on party lines.
Now we have only two weeks to pass this legislation in the full House.
The District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 3803), sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks, currently has 215 House cosponsors, including six Democrats – enjoying much more bipartisan support than Obamacare ever did.
HR 3803 would ban all abortions of preborn babies who are 20 weeks gestation and older (except to save the life of the mother), such as at the Washington Surgi-Clinic, which currently kills babies up to 26 weeks old via D&E dismemberment abortions.
National Right to Life Committee just completed a nationwide poll that found “by more than a 2-to-1 margin (58-27%), American adults would be more likely to vote for lawmakers who support the bill approved by the committee,” and “by a 3-to-1 margin (63-21%), a policy of not permitting abortion anywhere ‘after the point where substantial medical evidence says that the unborn child can feel pain,’ unless it is ‘necessary to save a mother’s life.’”
So there should be no fear on the part of House Republican leadership to forward the DC fetal pain ban. But they are running out of time and need an immediate and strong push. Of course, there is strong resistance. According to NRLC:
The bill is now eligible for action by the full House of Representatives. But this must happen fast, or it will not happen at all! And we are encountering fierce opposition. Well-funded pro-abortion groups such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood are mobilizing their resources to defend D.C.’s abortion-until-birth policy. They know that if they can delay the bill for even two weeks, it will die, because only two weeks remain before Congress goes into recess. The bill must pass the House before August 3 to have a chance of consideration by the Senate in September.
The bottom line is this: We have the votes on the House floor to pass this bill — but it will die without a vote, unless House Leaders disregard the protests of opponents and put the bill on a fast track immediately.
NRLC is requested urgent help from the pro-life community, which will only take a few minutes of your time. (I did all three in five minutes.)
1. Call the office of your representative in the U.S. House to urge immediate action on this bill. Click on this link to go straight to an NRLC Call Alert. Enter your zip code, and you will see the name of your representative, the proper number to call, and short “talking points” to make about the bill to the representative’s staff person. You can take an additional minute to use a short form to send NRLC a brief email report about how your call went.
2. Send an email to your U.S. House representative urging action on the bill. (Please do this in addition to making the phone call.) Click here to see a suggested message, which you can modify as you see fit. Congressional offices only count emails such as this that come from constituents, so be sure to provide your mailing address.
3. Forward this alert to like-minded friends and family members. Tell them that in Washington, D.C., their nation’s capital, abortion is currently legal for any reason until the moment of birth – and babies are being brutally dismembered far past the point that they are capable of experiencing excruciating pain. The House needs to pass H.R. 3803, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks, unless the mother’s life is in danger. For more information on this issue, click here.
I would also suggest tweeting and Facebooking the NRLC alert.