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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In Emotion-Laden Hearing, New Mexico Senate Kills Pro-Life Bills

Group drops controversial post cards in response to Senate Democrats’ abortion votes

By Cheryl Sullenger

Santa Fe, NM – During a Sunday Senate committee meeting laced with heavy emotion, two pro-life bills were tabled, leaving the out-of-control New Mexico abortion industry without accountability.

After clearing the House with strong bi-partisan support, two measures, HB 390 (Late-Term Abortion Ban) and HB 391 (Parental Notification for Abortion), landed in the Democratically-controlled Senate Public Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Gerald Ortiz Y. Pino.

Sen. Pino is a staunch supporter of “Catholics for Choice.” Earlier this month, Pino’s committee killed a bill that would have required that abortionists maintain local hospital privileges. Attendees of the hearing said he cut off expert testimony from the bill’s supporters and refused a fellow legislator’s request to allow the playing of 911 recordings that described numerous life-threatening abortion injuries suffered by women at New Mexico abortion facilities.

Pino’s antics continued during the Sunday hearing.

Pino appeared to lecture the 200 citizens who gathered for the hearing and incorrectly stated that “the Bible has no scriptural basis for when life begins!”

After a chorus of “boos” erupted, Pino slammed down his gavel and “chastised” those in attendance for being “disrespectful” and threated to have attendees “evicted” from the hearing, according to Bud Shaver of Protest ABQ.

However, Pino, seemed to have no problem showing disrespect for Alan Sanchez, spokesman for the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, publicly rebuking him and the three New Mexico Bishops for attempting to “force Roman Catholic teachings upon people of other faiths like Hindus, Muslims, and even atheists.”

“Common-sense legislation involving parental notification before minor girls can get abortions and protecting viable babies that could survive if birthed is more of a human rights issue than one of Catholic dogma. Certainly opposition to late-term abortions transcends religious affiliation. Even those who describe themselves as ‘pro-choice’ have difficulty with late-term abortions,” said Newman, “And as for parental notification, one would be hard-pressed to find a parent of a minor girl that would not want to be notified if a clinic was about to conduct an abortion on their child.”

Another committee member, Democratic Sen. Daniel Ivey Soto, accused his pro-life constituents of being “unprincipled,” even though he recounted how he was fascinated with observing his own daughter through ultrasound every chance he got while she was in the womb.

In addition to support from the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, both bills were also supported by Gov. Susana Martinez, who vowed to sign them if they reached her desk.

Voting 5-3 along party lines, the committee tabled both bills, which killed any prospect of passage in this legislative session.

In response, Protest ABQ dropped postcards calling out Senate Democrats who voted to keep unpopular late-term abortions and ensure abortions continue to be secretly done on minor girls without parental knowledge. The postcards showed images of the remains of a baby who died from a late-term abortion and an autopsy photo of a woman who died from a botched abortion, both of which could be avoided in New Mexico if Democrats had not blocked the legislation.

Senate Democrats issued a press release condemning the postcards as “extreme” and “violent,” complaining that young children might be exposed to the images.

“It is laughable that these pro-abortion politicians would hide behind the feelings of little children when they just cast votes to make sure more little children die,” said Newman. “The real ‘violent’ and ‘extreme’ acts of brutality are taking place inside New Mexico’s abortion mills, with the full blessing of Sen. Pino, Sen. Soto, and others. Voters need to remember that the next time these folks are up for re-election,”

New Mexico has perhaps the most liberal abortion climate in the nation, allowing abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy without restriction or oversight. This has led to the establishment of the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S., Southwestern Women’s Options, in Albuquerque, which solicits abortion customers from all 50 states.

Lack of abortion standards and oversight has also attracted the Texas abortion chain, Whole Women’s Health, which set up shop in Las Cruces for the purpose of encouraging women to cross state lines in order to avoid Texas abortion laws, such as parental consent before abortions on minors and a 24-hour waiting period.

“As long as New Mexico continues to ignore their duty to protect women and their babies from unscrupulous and predatory abortion businesses, they will continue to attract the bottom-of-the barrel abortionists,” said Newman. “And along with them, we can tragically only expect more abortion injuries and deaths at New Mexico abortion facilities.”