July 1, 2013
U.S. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (HR 1797) by a vote of 228-196. Six Democrats voted in favor, and six Republicans voted against the bill. Those GOP Congressmen voting NO were: Reps. Paul Broun (Georgia), Charles Dent (Pennsylvania), Rodney Frelinghuysen (New Jersey), Richard Hanna (New York), Jon Runyan (New Jersey) and Rob Woodall (Georgia). This article details some reasons for the Republican defections.
Now the bill will be sent to the Senate, where it will likely never see the light of day. Clearly, the Senate must be retaken by pro-life Republicans for any meaningful pro-life legislation even to be considered in the upper chamber. For information on how the GOP can indeed take control in 2015, ask for a free copy of the upcoming RNC for Life Report here.
Of course, even if, by some miracle, the Senate should pass the legislation, President Obama has promised to veto it. Taking the Senate in 2014 would be only the prelude to regaining the White House in 2016.
Pro-Abortion Mob Causes Pro-Life
Bill to Fail in Texas Senate
In a nail-biting countdown to midnight last Tuesday, the unruly pro-abortion forces in Texas out-maneuvered the pro-life senate and succeeded in running out the clock on a special session before the Republicans could muster their votes and pass an omnibus pro-life bill which had passed the House on Monday morning.
The Senate had passed the bill during the prior week, but the House version included some changes and thus had to go back to the Senate for final passage. Knowing that Republicans had the votes in the Senate to pass the bill, the Democrats resorted to a filibuster to try and stall long enough to kill the legislation, which included a fetal pain ban, mandatory upgrade of medical standards on abortion facilities, plus other common-sense pro-life measures supported by most Texans. When the filibuster failed on parliamentary grounds, the mob-ocracy took over. Urged on by Democrat senators and also by Planned Parenthoods’s President Cecile Richards – who flew in just for this spectacle—the pro-aborts filled the Senate gallery, shouted so loudly that the vote could not be taken and refused to leave even when their rowdy behavior brought state troopers to the scene. Read more shocking details here.
Some observers feel that disharmony among the state’s pro-life groups also was a factor in being unable to pass the bills during the regular session, necessitating the attempt during the special session.
Pro-lifers are grateful that Gov. Rick Perry, known to be a strong pro-life advocate, has called yet another special session to consider these measures again. See News Flash below. Hearings will begin next week on the legislation and we will keep our Texas readers posted on how they can help offset the anticipated mobs from the pro-abortion forces who likely will once again storm the state capital.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry Calls Pro-Life
Pro-Life, Pro-Abortion Laws
Under Review at Supreme Court
This week, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it will review three cases of interest to pro-life advocates, according to the Life Legal Defense Foundation. The cases, two of them from Oklahoma, involve several issues, including sonogram law, RU-486 regulations and freedom of speech for pro-life sidewalk counselors in front of abortuaries.
In Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice the lower court held that requiring abortion providers who dispense the RU-486 abortion pill to adhere to Federal Food and Drug Administration protocols for use of the drug violates Supreme Court precedent in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Thus the Court will consider whether a requirement that abortion providers adhere to minimum safety protocols in use of a dangerous drug is an unconstitutional infringement of a woman’s right to privacy.
Another case coming out of Oklahoma relates to that state’s sonogram requirement prior to an abortion, legislation that its state supreme court has ruled unconstitutional. Pro-lifers are hopeful that the high court will overturn that lower court ruling. Similar laws in other states also may be affected by the ruling whichever way it goes.
Massachusetts has created a “speech free zone” around abortion clinics and pro-life sidewalk counselors are claiming that their first amendment rights are being violated by this ban. The First Circuit Court had upheld the law, but now the SCOTUS will be reviewing it. For full details on these cases, read more here.
In a disappointing earlier ruling, the high court refused to take a case in which Colorado is suppressing graphic abortion pictures which depict the actual horror of aborted babies. The Colorado Court of Appeals had admitted last year that its order did indeed suppress the photos based on content, which pro-life protestors believed was unconstitutional but the SCOTUS let the ruling stand by refusing to take the case for review. Read more here.