By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director
Editor’s note. This appeared in the June digital edition of National Right to Life News, “the pro-life newspaper of record.” Please share the contents with your pro-life family and friends.
Pro-abortion Democrats finally are publicly admitting what we’ve known to be the truth for decades: they support all abortion – for any reason – even on healthy mothers of healthy babies, through the entire pregnancy.
On January 22, 2019, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed and celebrated the “Reproductive Health Act” (aka the Abortion Without Limits Until Birth and Beyond Act).
Soon afterwards, Virginia Del. Kathy Tran calmly and emotionlessly admitted her bill would allow abortions up through all “40 weeks.” Then Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said it was acceptable for doctors to allow abortion survivors to go untreated—in other words he was advocating for infanticide.
It is amazing. If a child actually survives the brutal attack on her tiny body – abortionists refer to that as the “dreaded complication” – Democrats don’t even want to provide the kind of medical care to that living born child that doctors would for any other baby born at a similar gestational age. Indeed, Democrats won’t even allow a vote the House of Representatives!
This year has been a whirlwind of activity on abortion’s front lines. While much of the “mainstream media” remains silent, social media is blowing up. If you are not already involved, be sure to followNational Right to Life on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
The response to pro-abortion extremism is new legislation, rallies, and intense interest in making a difference for life.
More than ever people realize they must speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. The beauty is there are so many ways to fight back against the brutality.
All of us can do that by telling the truth on social media, educating our communities, holding legislators accountable, and finally, voting at the ballot box.
Your pro-life friends and family should know that on February 25, 2019, 44 pro-abortion Democrat U.S. Senators voted to block the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act from coming to a vote.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require nothing more than requiring abortionists to provide the same level of care to a baby who survives abortion as they would to any other baby born at the same gestational age.
Meanwhile House Democrats have erected a procedural hurtle which prevents the bill from being heard.
So far, more than fifty times Democrat leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives has refused to allow the bill to get to the floor for a vote.
Abortion advocates would have you believe that somehow caring for born-alive babies is an infringement of “abortion rights.” But these living, breathing babies are no longer in the womb.
Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of federal legislation for National Right to Life, is urging House members to sign on to a “discharge petition” to force the protective, lifesaving Born-Alive legislation to a vote on the floor of the House.
The discharge petition is a procedural tactic to circumvent the Speaker of the House when the Speaker opposes a measure. It allows 218 House members (a majority) to force a floor vote on a bill, even if pro-abortion leaders oppose the measure.
Currently, 201 Congressmen and Congresswomen have signed the discharge petition. We need 17 more.
To encourage your Congressman or Congresswoman to sign the discharge petition for H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, click here: cqrcengage.com/nrlc/action.
Pay attention now to their actions, and pledge to hold them accountable in their next election.
When we vote, we align ourselves in agreement with the positions of those candidates.
In this battle over life and death, we must be diligent. If they vote against protecting the babies, you can send a strong message. You can vote against them at the ballot box.
Your pro-life friends and family deserve to know how candidates stand on protecting life. They deserve to know whether the candidates they are voting for will protect vulnerable children, or whether they will turn their backs on the most vulnerable among us.
The babies deserve pro-life representation, and so do you!
A shareable, downloadable flyer “Where do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Life?” is available here: www.nrlc.org/uploads/records/2020POTUScomparison.pdf
Find Congressional voting records at the NRL Legislative Action Center at cqrcengage.com/nrlc/scorecard.
Documentation on the history of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 (1 U.S.C. §8) is available on the NRLC website.