Category Archives: Senate – US

Two significant pro-life bills introduced during 1st week of new Congress

capitol-sun-575Representative Diane Black just issued a press statement announcing that she, along with Reps. Bill Flores, Jackie Walorski, Chris Smith, Joe Pitts, and over 80 House cosponsors, have reintroduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,” which would prohibit any organization that provide abortions from receiving Title X Family Planning dollars.

In other words, the bill would defund Planned Parenthood.

This bill follows the reintroduction in the House by Representatives Marsha Blackburn and Trent Franks of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Day 1 of the new Congress, which would ban abortions past 20 weeks.

The latter bill passed 228-196 in the House in June 2013. Its companion in the Senate, sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham, did not see the light of day under Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid’s tenure.

But now, as NARAL recently noted, the Senate pro-abortion “firewall” is gone. Graham plans to reintroduce his bill “in the next few weeks,” and new pro-life Senate leader Mitch McConnell has promised it will get a vote.

The rush to introduce significant pro-life legislation comes as a record number of pro-life women – 21 – join congressional ranks, a higher percentage of Christians, and more Republicans since WWII.

Cortney O’Brien at RedState.com notes “this just may be the most pro-life Congress Washington has ever seen.” We can only hope and pray.

While pro-abortion/infanticide President Barack Obama is the abortion lobby’s ultimate firewall, and he has already promised to veto the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act should it reach his desk, he will now “be forced to listen to the cause… [and] Senate Democrats would be forced to take a stand,” according to McConnell.

In 2011, Obama said he would shut down the government in order to keep funding Planned Parenthood. He and Democrats will again be forced to defend that corrupt abortion behemoth as well.

I would not look forward to rationalizing opposition to either bill, let alone both at the same time.

5b60d770Do not forget a conversation about late-term abortions and Planned Parenthood is critical to educating and persuading the public.

Such a conversation about partial-birth abortions is credited with changing public opinion over the eight long years it took to enact it a law blocking it.

UPDATE 1/9 11:15a: But wait, there’s more! On Wednesday Senator David Vitter introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, Abortion Nondiscrimination Act, and Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.

Senate committee throws weight behind military abortion push

Over the past couple of months, the military has upped the ante in its fight to reduce sexual harassment and assault through education and prevention programs. This is all good, but it will take time to see whether or not these initiatives actually work.

In the short run, women are still being assaulted, and some of those assaults result in pregnancy. A pregnancy that cannot be aborted at a military facility because the military healthcare system denies coverage of abortion care, even in cases of rape or incest. This is grossly unfair….

Congress is the only organization that can change this scenario.

There may be hope. At the end of May, the Senate Armed Services Committee, with the endorsement of Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. passed an amendment from Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., that would end this policy and let military women (and dependents) receive insurance coverage of abortion in cases of rape or incest. The amendment was adopted by a bipartisan vote of 16-10….

The next step is for the bill to go before the entire Senate for a vote….

Passing this bill is the first step in improving the rights of military women.

~ Darlene M. Iskra, Time’s Battleland, June 11

Call your senator NOW: Reid to allow vote on repeal of contraceptive mandate

Last week Democrat pseudo-pro-life Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a vote on a bill sponsored by Republican pro-life Senator Roy Blunt to repeal President Obama’s contraception/abortifacient/sterilization mandate.

Word this afternoon is Reid will allow the measure – #1520, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act – to be voted on, as soon as today.

These senators are said to be on the fence and need a call asap:

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Additional pro-life gains found in budget deal

We were made immediately aware of some of the pro-life wins and losses after Republicans and Democrats reached an 11th hour agreement April 8 on the FY11 budget.

We learned a ban against taxpayer funding of abortions in the District of Columbia was reinstated. We also learned that although Planned Parenthood was not defunded, US senators would be forced to vote on the measure, keeping PP in the news another week or 2 and potentially giving pro-lifers fodder in the 2012 elections.

But, I wrote, we did not yet know the outcome of other pro-life measures included in the House’s original budget for FY11: UNFPA defunding, Title X defunding, and restoration of the Mexico City policy.

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Sexual assailant Republican letch senator okay because he was pro-choice

Just read a fascinating blog post dated March 15 at Abortion.ws, once again showing how misogynist pro-aborts actually are, not to mention hypocritical.

The author is Pat Richards, an old-time abortion proponent formerly with the apparently defunct (no current webpage) National Coalition of Abortion Providers. The photo I’m posting was her interesting choice. Excerpts…

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It may have passed, but not so easily this time

This afternoon the House approved a second Continuing Resolution to keep the government running until April 8 by a vote of 271-158, with 54 Republicans and 104 Democrats voting against the measure.

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Defunding Planned Parenthood: Now the real fight begins

Earlier this afternoon the Pence Amendment defunding Planned Parenthood passed in the House by a vote of 240-185-1. (The link to the roll call is not working yet.)

Here is a summary of the vote:

240 Voting YES: 230 Republicans and 10 Democrats (Boren of OK, Costello of IL, Donnelly of IN, Lipinski of IL, McIntyre of NC, Peterson of MN, Rahall of WV, Reyes of TX, Ross of AR, and Shuler of NC)

185 Voting NO: 178 Democrats and 7 Republicans (Bass of NH, Biggert of IL, Bono Mack of CA, Dent of PA, Dold of IL, Frelinghuysen of NJ and Hanna of NY)

1 Voting PRESENT: 1 Republican (Amash of MI)

That said, now the real fight begins.

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Abortion lobby admits it needs Senate supermajority to hold ground

Well, here was an interesting article, in Politico on January 13:

Leading abortion-rights advocacy groups have quietly raised concerns with Senate Democrats over plans to reform – and potentially weaken – the ability of a minority of Senators to block action on legislation, for fear that the move could open the way to anti-abortion legislation.

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