16 Jan

This is a crucially important week in the Pro-Life Movement. Along with the March for Life, which will commence in Washington this Friday, January 19th, three important pro-life bills are coming up for a vote.   Call your Senators and demand that they protect unborn children by passing the legislation below.  

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36.  Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) introduced this bill in 2017. The bill will go to the Senate and a vote is expected this week. This bill will make it a crime to perform an abortion on a preborn at 20 weeks gestation or more, the point at which the unborn child can experience pain. Women who are victims of rape or incest are exempt, and physicians must comply with the specifications. The Summary of the bill includes exceptions for the mother’s life, and when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. If this bill passes in the Senate, President Trump promises to sign the bill. 

In 2002, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act was enacted into law, but the law was not enforced.   The language of the bill was not clear and abortionists did not comply with the law.  The national story about Kermit Gosnell, the who routinely snipped the babies’ spines following his botched abortions, and the disclosure that his unregulated back-alley horror mill remained open for business, can attest to the fact that new legislation is needed.

The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act H.R. 4712 corrects some of the problems with the original law, which allowed The lead sponsor of this new legislation is Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). This act would ensure that when a baby survives an abortion and is born alive, the physician/abortionist will be required to save the baby’s life. If the physician/abortionist does not comply with the provisions of the bill, he will face criminal charges.

This bill “amends the federal criminal code to require any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to: (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital.” The bill further states that: “An individual who commits an overt act that kills a child born alive is subject to criminal prosecution for murder.”   Congress.gov provides more information on this bill.

Also up for a vote is The Heartbeat Bill, introduced by Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa). The Heartbeat Protection Act H.R. 490 would make it a crime “to knowingly perform an abortion: (1) without determining whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat, (2) without informing the mother of the results, or (3) after determining that a fetus has a detectable heartbeat. Rep. King stated: “My legislation will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected." The bill would also require that mothers be informed whether or not their unborn baby has a detectable heartbeat. The State version of this bill passed the Ohio legislature and was vetoed by Gov. John Kasich.  For more information, visit the website: http://heartbeatbill.com for more details.  

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