Two significant pro-life bills introduced during first week of new Congress
Representative Diane Black just issued a press statement announcing that she, along with Reps. Bill Flores, Jackie Walorski, Chris Smith, Joe Pitts, and over 80 House cosponsors, have reintroduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would prohibit any organization that provide abortions from receiving Title X Family Planning dollars.
In other words, the bill would defund Planned Parenthood.
This bill follows the reintroduction in the House by Representatives Marsha Blackburn and Trent Franks of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Day 1 of the new Congress, which would ban abortions past 20 weeks.
The latter bill passed 228-196 in the House in June 2013. Its companion in the Senate, sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham, did not see the light of day under Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid’s tenure.
But now, as NARAL recently noted, the Senate pro-abortion “firewall” is gone. Graham plans to reintroduce his bill “in the next few weeks,” and new pro-life Senate leader Mitch McConnell has promised it will get a vote.
Cortney O’Brien at RedState.com notes “this just may be the most pro-life Congress Washington has ever seen.” We can only hope and pray.
While pro-abortion/infanticide President Barack Obama is the abortion lobby’s ultimate firewall, and he has already promised to veto the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act should it reach his desk, he will now “be forced to listen to the cause… [and] Senate Democrats would be forced to take a stand,” according to McConnell.
In 2011, Obama said he would shut down the government in order to keep funding Planned Parenthood. He and Democrats will again be forced to defend that corrupt abortion behemoth as well.
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I would not look forward to rationalizing opposition to either bill, let alone both at the same time.
Do not forget a conversation about late-term abortions and Planned Parenthood is critical to educating and persuading the public.
Such a conversation about partial-birth abortions is credited with changing public opinion over the eight long years it took to enact it a law blocking it.
UPDATE 1/9 11:15a: But wait, there’s more! On Wednesday Senator David Vitter introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, Abortion Nondiscrimination Act, and Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.
Reprinted with permission from Jill Stanek.