On Anniversary of Gosnell Murder Conviction, Protections for Late-Term Babies Imminent

UPDATE!! Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Passes US House by a vote of 242-184!

House to vote on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act with new provisions to ensure as many babies survive as possible.


By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Two years ago today, a jury walked into a Philadelphia courtroom and convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell on three counts of murder. But this was anything but a routine murder case.

The victims were tiny babies in the late stages of pregnancy who were born alive during shoddy abortions at Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ abortion mill, then intentionally murdered by snipping their spinal cords through the backs of their necks while the infants struggled for life. The murder trial was extensively covered by Operation Rescue, which was in the courtroom for most of the trial.

Evidence presented during that case horrified many who heard of it, including Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ). Franks made it his business to seek protections for babies like those murdered by Gosnell.

Today, two years later, a vote is scheduled on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act introduced by Franks earlier this year, which will halt nearly all abortions after 20 weeks gestation, when babies are known to feel pain.

After the delay of a promised vote in January, new language has been added to ensure that as many babies as possible are given a chance at life.

A controversial rape exception has been modified to provide counseling for rape victims at least 48 hours in advance. If an abortion is done under the rape exception, the abortion may only be done in the manner in which “provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive.”

“This would mean there will be no more Gosnells in America. It could also mean no more fatal digoxin injections into the hearts of babies 20 weeks and older, no more dismemberment of these children, and no more babies being born into toilets, which we find all barbaric methods of killing pre-born children that are currently going on today,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who was arrested on March 25 with other pro-life leaders outside Speaker John Boehner’s office while protesting the delay in a vote on the late-term abortion ban. “In essence, all babies that reach 20 weeks gestation would either be completely protected, or in very rare cases, would be afforded at least a chance at life.”

The new language provides that in the extremely rare event that an abortion at 20 weeks or later is done under a narrow rape exception, a physician trained in neo-natal resuscitation must be present during the abortion and provide the child with medical care to give the child the best opportunity at survival.

“While this may not be a perfect scenario, this legislation will save thousands of lives a year. Banning late-term abortions is something Operation Rescue has directly worked to accomplish for the past 13 years beginning with our work in Wichita, Kansas, where we relocated our office in 2002. This bill means a lot to us, but it means even more to the babies it will protect from a brutal, inhumane death,” said Newman.

The Center for Disease Control reports that there were 7,325 abortions in the U.S. in 2011 that were done on babies over 22 weeks gestation and older. This number is considered low because of several states that do not report abortion numbers.

“We estimate that approximately 10,000 babies will be spared yearly due to this legislation,” said Newman. “Any time one can save that many lives – or even one life — it would be immoral not to do it.”

A vote in the House is expected today and should soon be followed by a vote in the Senate. President Barack Obama, a radical supporter of unfettered abortion, has voted to veto the bill.

“We are praying for a miracle override or maybe even a change of heart that will make this bill become law as soon as possible,” said Newman. “A few years ago, no one would have thought this kind of legislation could ever be introduced. Nothing is impossible.”

Read about March 25 protest that resulted in Newman’s arrest.

Read about May 7 protest.
Read the full text of HR 36, Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Learn about late-term abortion methods currently employed in the U.S.

Vote on Late-Term Abortion Ban Set for Next Week as Anniversary of Gosnell Conviction Approaches


Washington, DC – Just hours after 20 pro-life leaders held a press conference seeking an immediate vote on the delayed Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, it has been announced that a vote will now take place next week.

The leaders attempted to present to Boehner’s staff life-sized models of pre-born babies at 20 weeks to emphasize the humanity of the pre-born and the urgency of protecting babies that could survived if birthed prematurely. However, even though it was confirmed that his staff was in the office, they chose instead to remain behind a locked door instead of hearing the group’s concerns.

“We were obligated by conscience to speak out and urge an immediate vote, even when it meant going to jail,” said Newman.

The vote seemed on indefinite hold until March 25, when eight pro-life leaders, including Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, were arrested outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office while protesting the delay of a promised vote.

Operation Rescue has learned that this protest prompted a more urgent discussion that eventually led to new language that has cleared the way for a vote.

This comes on the same day that the New England Journal of Medicine released a study declaring that the new standard of viability is 22 weeks gestation, down from the outdated 24 week viability standard used by Planned Parenthood.

Yesterday’s efforts to speak with Speaker Boehner’s staff have led to the announcement that the vote has now been set for the week of the 2-year anniversary of the murder conviction of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who killed babies born alive during shoddy late-term abortions that would be mostly banned under this new law.

“We are thankful that the vote on this crucial, life-saving legislation is moving forward and pray that it will spark a national dialogue on the barbarity of abortions on babies that can feel pain, and in turn, the barbarity of all abortions,” said Newman. “This is an important step on the way to ending abortion altogether and creating a society that values and protects life.”

Speaker Boehner’s Staff Turns Deaf Ear to Pro-Life Concerns Over Late-Term Abortion Ban


By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Today, I joined a group of about 30 pro-life leaders from all across the outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office. We attempted to communicate with Speaker Boehner’s staff our concerns about the delay of a promised vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Led by Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, each leader gave a brief statement to the media then went inside the Longworth House Office Building and peacefully prayed. Some displayed life-like models of babies at 20 weeks gestation, which the law would protect from a brutal abortion death, if enacted. Others displayed 8×10” images of late-term abortion victims.

We believe Boehner’s staff was there but no one would come to the door even though they knew we were coming. We each knocked on the door, to no avail.

At the suggestion of Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, a few of us went back to Speaker Boehner’s office around 2:45, but again, no one would answer the door.

I felt like we were being told that we didn’t matter and neither did the babies that this bill would save. It was disrespectful to not at least send someone out so we could feel like we our concerns were heard. Instead, Boehner’s staff turned a blind eye and a deaf ear, not just to us, but also to plight of babies and their moms. It was disappointing, to say the least.


Other leaders present included Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, Brian Gibson of Pro-Life Action Ministries, Walter and Lori Hoye of Issue 4 Life Foundation, Jeff While, Cheryl Conrad, and Jason Conrad of Survivors, Sarah Howell of CEC for Life, Bud Shaver and Pastor Manny Larzidabal, of Protest ABQ, and others.

On January 21, a promised debate and vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Chile Protection Act was cancelled when some Republican Congresswomen objected to a provision that would have required rape victims to report their attacks to police.

Four months later, language still cannot be agreed upon and there is no vote on the horizon.

There needs to be a greater sense of urgency in Congress regarding this important legislation. While Congress drags its feet, viable babies are dying by the most barbaric means imaginable. We cannot be silent while there is a viable means of saving thousands of children each year. Each day this vote is delayed is another day when innocent babies are being savagely dismembered or delivered dead into toilets. We simply cannot claimed to be an enlightened society while tolerating even one day of this barbarity.

I want to thank everyone who prayed for us today and who support this incredibly important cause.

Photos available on Facebook at ProtestABQ’s page.
Video is here: https://youtu.be/s6umiUR7LQM
(Sorry in advance for the side-ways video. I’m clumsily doing this from my iPad.)