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July 26, 2002
Congratulations Jill Stanek!! 
The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (H.R. 2175) passed in the U.S. Senate on July 18. It had already passed in the House on March 12. The bill provides that infants who are born alive have full legal rights under federal law, regardless of their stage of development or whether their live births occurred as the result of an abortion. The legislation was introduced in the current Congress by Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), and Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH). Former Rep. Charles Canady (R-FL) was the original sponsor in 2000 after Illinois nurse Jill Stanek brought to light the fact that babies who had survived a live-birth abortion at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, were being denied nourishment and basic assessment and left to die.

According to a National Right to Life Committee press release, “Babies whose lungs are insufficiently developed to permit sustained survival are often spontaneously delivered alive, and may live for hours or days. Others are delivered alive during attempted late-term abortions or even as a method of late-term abortion.

“The bill would codify (for federal purposes only) the traditional definition of ‘born alive’ that is already found in the laws of most states: complete expulsion from the mother, accompanied by heartbeat, respiration, and/or voluntary movements. The bill would also codify the traditional principle that the legal term ‘person’ and other equivalent terms ‘shall include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development.’”

Jill Stanek has worked tirelessly for the passage of this bill and others like it in states across America. She is a true pro-life heroine. Her work points out how one person can, indeed, make a difference! Thank you, Jill. And thanks to all the fine Members of Congress who guided the bill through Congress.

Pro-Life Leader Points to Inconsistency in Bush Funding of International Population Control 
American Life League President Judie Brown said: "President Bush's recent decision to redirect $34 million in government funds from the United Nations' abortion coercion activities in China to USAID's abortifacient 'contraceptives' program is a purely political move with no consistency behind it.” "What he has given to pro-lifers with one hand, he has taken away with the other."

Congress allocated up to $34 million in international family planning funds to the United Nations Population Fund. President Bush held back the funds when the UNFPA's participation in the coercive abortion and sterilization policies of the Chinese government was revealed. After eight months of deliberation, President Bush denied funding.

Instead of redirecting funds to a worthier cause, the president chose to continue the UNFPA legacy by allocating the money to the USAID Child Survival and Health Program Fund. This fund includes money for "forecasting, purchasing, and supplying contraceptive commodities and other materials necessary for reproductive health programs."

[While some pro-life groups and individuals take no position on taxpayer-funding of contraceptive drugs that can act to induce early abortions, Mrs. Brown and ALL have steadfastly supported the right to life for all babies, at all stages of development, and have opposed all methods of surgical and chemical abortion. We join ALL in efforts to protect the taxpayers from complicity in the distribution of drugs marketed as contraceptives that can induce abortions to people at home and abroad. We are disappointed that $34 million intended for UNFPA isn’t being used for some good purpose like teaching abstinence to youngsters, but has instead been channeled into “family planning” programs overseas that utilize abortifacient drugs.]

Nine Republicans Vote NO on PBA Ban 
On July 23, a bill authored by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) that would ban the partial-birth abortion technique passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 274-151. Nine Republican Members voted against the ban. They are: Sherwood Boehlert (NY); Ben Gilman (NY); Jim Greenwood (PA); Steve Horn (CA); Nancy Johnson (CT); Connie Morella (MD); Rob Simmons (CT); Marc Kirk (IL); and Jim Kolbe (AZ).

A vote for banning partial-birth abortions doesn’t indicate a pro-life mindset. It simply indicates that the person casting the vote is somewhat humane. Yet, these nine couldn’t bring themselves to place any restriction whatsoever on the practice of abortion, even in the face of a technique that is so brutal and inhumane.

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