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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Republicans in the House of Representatives filed a discharge petition Wednesday in hopes of forcing a floor vote on legislation that would guarantee life-sustaining medical care to babies delivered alive after failed abortions.

Federal law already protects such newborns on paper, but the the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would give that protection teeth by specifically requiring abortionists to transfer infants who survive abortions to hospitals, where they would be given the same degree of care as any wanted newborn. 

Democrats in both the House and the Senate have blocked or voted against the legislation dozens of times over the past several years. In January, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise announced that Republicans would begin working on forcing a vote via the use of discharge petitions, under which a bill will receive a floor vote regardless of House leadership’s wishes if it can secure the signatures of 218 House members. 

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The head of the U.S. Bishops' Pro-Life office, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, is under attack for consistently calling out Joe Biden for the serious sin of publicly promoting abortion.

A petition has been launched against Archbishop Naumann because he continues to preach the truth that "Catholic" politicians who promote abortion are endangering their souls and causing grave scandal to the faithful.

We must now come to Archbishop Naumann's defense.

Please SIGN and SHARE WIDELY this petition which urges the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops not to demote or remove Archbishop Naumann from head of the Pro-Life Committee, but rather, to follow his lead in urging Joe Biden to repent of the terrible sin of promoting the murder the unborn human beings.

Archbishop Naumann has come under fire, from people who plainly know or care little about Catholic moral teaching, for stating the obvious in a recent interview with LifeSiteNews:

It is the responsibility of the Bishops of the United States to defend the most fundamental of all human rights, the right to life, and to protect the integrity of Catholic moral teaching. We cannot abdicate either of these responsibilities, even as we are eager to work with everyone to promote the common good...

We must continue to speak to President Biden, as well as all Catholics, and even all Americans, about the truth of what abortion is. Abortion is not something to be celebrated, and it is not healthcare. It is the intentional killing of a child. To participate in abortion or to promote abortion is a grave evil.

And, in an even more pointed statement made in an interview with Catholic World Report, Archbishop Naumann defended the Holy Eucharist against Biden's attack on human life, suggesting that Biden should not present himself for Holy Communion:

When Catholics receive the Eucharist, they are acknowledging the Real Presence of Jesus, and also belief in the teachings of the Church. President Biden doesn’t believe in the Church’s teachings on the Sanctity of Human Life, and he should not put the priest in the situation where he has to decide whether or not to allow him to receive the Eucharist. He should know that after 78 years as a Catholic.

But, again, by calling out Joe Biden for his public promotion of abortion, Archbishop Naumann is not doing anything out-of-the-ordinary.

He is only saying what the bishops should have all been saying, with a unified voice, since Biden won the nomination during the election campaign.

Indeed, in an open letter published on inauguration day, Archbishop José Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), warned that Biden’s pledge to pursue anti-life and anti-family policies would advance “moral evils” in the areas of “abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender."

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops not to demote or replace Archbishop Naumann as head of the Pro-Life Committee, but rather, to follow his lead in urging Joe Biden to repent of the horrific sin of promoting the murder of the preborn.

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'EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Naumann – US bishops must address scandal of ‘Catholic’ Biden championing abortion' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-bishop-naumann-us-bishops-must-address-scandal-of-catholic-biden-championing-abortion

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This week’s discharge petition was filed by Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Florida, with support from Scalise and Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri. “Today’s discharge petition symbolizes our commitment to protecting the sanctity of life for all Americans, including the most vulnerable among us,” Cammack said. “For too long, Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi and House Democrats have demonstrated their disregard for this most basic right and it’s time we show the American people where their representatives stand on this critical issue. I'm proud to stand alongside Whip Scalise and Rep. Wagner in declaring the value of life once and for all.”

According to Heritage Action’s tracker, which was last updated last June, the previous discharge petition had 205 signatures, including every House Republican and three Democrats. An additional 13 Democrats would need to be persuaded to come on board for the new one to succeed.

“There's a word for intentionally ending the life of a baby that has left his or her mother's womb: infanticide. Infanticide will never be morally acceptable or excusable, regardless of what one may think about abortion itself. Now the unthinkable has become reality — elected officials are supporting infanticide,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said in support of the petition. “President Biden's sweeping offers of unity continue to fall flat as House Democrats stonewall even the smallest protections for babies born alive.”

Regardless of the petition’s prospects, the Born-Alive Protection Survivors Act would not make it through the Democrat-controlled Congress or be signed into law by President Joe Biden. However, a floor vote in the House would put Democrat representatives’ position on the issue on the record, highlighting the full extent of their extremism going into the 2022 midterm elections.

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