Three Crucial Pro-Life Bills Set for Votes in U.S. House and Senate Next Week

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – At least three crucially important pro-life bills are set for a vote in the U.S. House and Senate next week as thousands of pro-life supporters gather in the nation’s capital to mark the 45th year of Roe v. Wade.

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36

After much delay, a vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is scheduled to take place in the Senate. The legislation, which would protect babies 20 weeks of gestation and older from abortion, has already passed the House.

Abortions at 20 weeks and later are unpopular, even with many people who support abortion. This should be easier to pass than it actually will be.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will have to meet the high threshold of 60 votes in order to pass, which will be difficult given the subject of abortion and the unwillingness of Democrats to cross the aisle even in support of popular legislation such as this.

If it does successfully pass in the Senate, it will go to President Trump, who has promised to sign it into law.

“We have waited a long time for this vote, and we hope the Republican Senate leadership will do all they can to make this a successful vote because it will save thousands of innocent lives each year. These babies cannot afford a half-hearted ‘show vote’ on this important legislation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, H.R. 4712

For years, Operation Rescue has complained that the Born Alive Infant Protection Act of 2002 had no mechanism to penalize violations, allowing those who have let babies who survive abortions to die without rendering aid — or even intentionally killing them after birth, as alleged against Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen — to get away with it without consequence. OR has long recommended the passage of a bill that would provide the criminal penalties that are needed to ensure enforcement of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.

Now comes this welcome bill, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, H.R. 4712, introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), that will “prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

However, the best part of H.R. 4712 is that it will finally correct the enforcement flaw in the 2002 law, and create criminal penalties for anyone who defies it.

A vote has been set in the House for January 19, 2018, to coincide with the March for Life.

Heartbeat Protection Act, H.R. 490

Also set for a January 19 vote is the Heartbeat Protection Act, H.R. 490, introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA). This bill would amend the law to make it a crime to “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.”

This bill is a bit more controversial than the others because it has failed to attract the support of National Right to Life. Rep. King has recently questioned their lack of support on Twitter.

Operation Rescue has been a faithful supporter of this legislation at both the state and federal levels.

The bills slogan is, “If a heartbeat is detected the baby is protected.” Heartbeats in pre-born babies can be detected as early as 6-7 weeks gestation.

“This bill would halt all but the earliest abortions, save literally millions of lives, and would likely decimate the abortion cartel. We are all for that!” said Newman.

Please contact your Congressmen and Senators!

Passage of these bills is critically important because they will save countless lives. Please stand with the innocent children whose survival depends on these legislative protections, and take action to support all three bills by contacting your Representative and Senators to urge their support.

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  • maxx

    What the hell is wrong with Congress? That IS a rhetorical question, of course. We know what is wrong with Congress. It is made up of a gang of power hungry jackasses with no common sense or sense of duty to the American people. Who in their right mind would pass a law to protect life and not include punishment and penalties for breaking the law? Our morons in Congress of course. Seriously, America would be much much better off to fire everybody in Congress today and replace each one with a citizen chosen by a state lottery system to serve one term. Based on what I have witnessed the past 60 years we certainly could not be worse off. Congress was initially created to be an ordinary citizen populated group from within each state to act as the states citizens representatives before the concept of a central government. We haven’t even been close to that since 1826. Why do we put up with this crap? We are not Congresses subjects or slaves. We are their employers. Start treating them like that and fire their asses for corruption and incompetence as should be the case. Read the Constitution. They serve us while “under good behavior”. They act like a pack of wild dogs with regard to “we the people”.

  • CMY

    Please let these pro-life bills be passed…

  • NorthPortNurse

    The lobbyists, and rich elitists and businesses that fund them, are what’s wrong with Congress. “We the People” are busy trying to manage an everyday life which is short on time and for many of us $$ to balance commitments to family and the job that supports our family. Unfortunately, the people who elect our representatives get forgotten as many Senators and Representatives listen to and oil the incessant squealing of the highly funded squeaky wheels. I’m sure they hear it in their sleep.

  • shawn

    How about LIFE begins at conception protection act



  • Glennfriend67

    It would be the greatest thing ever if these bills were passed. Please God let it be so!

  • Ellen

    Call your Congressmen and Senators to help pass these bills. I will. We need to help the unborn. They should not be murdered for something they had nothing to do with. Prevention. NOT ABORTION.

  • Ellen

    That will be the best thing that should happen.

  • nananell

    Thank you Maxx, for saying what so many of us feel. What we don’t do is express our feelings to our representative s often enough.

  • VoiceOfReason

    Yes, we must achieve the complete end to abortion. The Heartbeat Protection Act gets us 90% there and saves millions of innocent babies from a horrific death. We all must do everything in our power to get it passed, then make the final push for life at conception!

  • Scottyone77

    Congressman/Women that vote against these Pro- Life bills have no moral or spiritual Conscience and that should be taken into Consideration and not be re-elected. If not in this life when they stand before their Creator they will wish they had protected the life of the child that they are condemning to death. Abortion is a sin. The womb is suppose to be The safest place in the world. It breaks my heart that abortion is legal anywhere.

  • teachersaide

    Well said!

  • Tim Wygant

    When will Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, H.R. 4712 go to the Senate?