Despite the news of conflict in the GOP over the chosen Speaker of the House John Boehner, there is a united front in the Republican Party on a bill that would ban late-term abortions.
On Tuesday, the first day of the 114th Congress, Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) reintroduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). This bill seeks to protect unborn children from abortion after 20 weeks based on the premise that babies feel excruciating pain.
The House passed this bill back in June of 2013 after the trial of Kermit Gosnell who was convicted of murdering three infants who were born alive under late-term abortion procedures. Unfortunately, the bill died in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Now in the new Republican-controlled Senate, the companion bill is hopeful to pass in protecting unborn lives.
Congress Rep. Franks said in a statement released with the bill, “More than 18,000 ‘very late term’ abortions are performed every year on perfectly healthy unborn babies in America. These are innocent and defenseless children who can not only feel pain, but who can survive outside of the womb in most cases, and who are torturously killed without even basic anesthesia.”
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In a press release from the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, President Marjorie Dannenfelser stated:
As the 114th Congress is sworn in today, we are encouraged to see our pro-life allies wasting no time in the fight to protect the lives of the most vulnerable. Sixty percent of Americans support the legislation introduced today by Reps. Trent Franks and Marsha Blackburn to stop abortion on demand after five months. That’s more than halfway through pregnancy. It is time to move the United States off the list of only seven countries to allow abortion on demand beyond this point.
While the bill is hopeful to pass in the Senate, President Obama plans to veto it. In a Statement of Administration Policy, Obama stated that he “strongly opposed” the bill and that it was “a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.”
There might be disunity among the Republican Party on certain matters but at least the battle to save the lives of the unborn is still a united front of the GOP.
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