Federal – ACTION ALERT
Background: In a June 14 letter to Congress, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged support for H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The revelation of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s crimes committed while providing abortions has “led many Americans to realize that our permissive laws and attitudes have allowed the abortion industry to undertake these procedures.” People are repulsed “by the callous and barbarous treatment of women and children in Gosnell’s clinic, and in other clinics that abort children after 20 weeks.” These procedures also pose serious dangers to women, “as evidenced by Gosnell’s own manslaughter conviction for one woman’s death, and news about the death or serious complications of other women undergoing such procedures.”
Because there is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, H.R. 1797 asserts a compelling governmental interest in protecting unborn children at this stage of development. This measure makes it unlawful to perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater.
ACTION: It is anticipated that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) will be considered on the floor of the U.S. House as early as June 18.
Please send an e-mail to your U.S. Representative by clicking the link below and/or contact your Representative by phone. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: 202-224-3121, or call your Representative’s local office. Additional contact info can be found at: www.house.gov.
Suggested Message: “Please support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) and oppose all weakening amendments. This bill will prohibit the abortion of babies at 20 or more weeks gestational age.”
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