Jan. 29 — Tonight the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks — the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act — by a vote of 51-46. The bill had passed in the House of Representatives on Jan. 19, the day of the March for Life in Washington. Pres.Trump had said he would sign the bill into law if it came to his desk.
The vote was mainly along party lines, with Democrats voting against it and Republicans voting for it. However, two Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against the bill, and three Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted for it.
A recent Marist poll showed that two-thirds of Americans support a 20-week ban on abortion.
This was lost on our two senators for New York, Chuck Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gellibrand (D),who voted against this prolife legislation. They joined our representative in the House, Nita Lowey (D), who voted down the bill last Friday. Three out of three fail again to protect the mosts vulnerable! Very sad!
“Fighting for the Right to Choose.” That’s the subject line of the email from our congresswoman, Nita Lowey, to her constituents about a bill she introduced into the House on Jan. 24.
Well, that puts it right out there, and we’re grateful to Ms. Lowey for being so upfront about what her latest bill is about, because you’d never know it from the language of the legislation itself.
Take a look at Lowy’s H.R. 671, the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act.
It talks about “the promotion of democracy [as] a principal goal of United States foreign policy,” “disrespect for the laws of sovereign nations,” and”the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
But actually, what it’s all about is funding abortions abroad with our tax dollars.
H.R. 671 seeks to permanently repeal Pres. Trump’s executive order banning foreign aid to International Planned Parenthood and other international organizations that would use it to kill babies.
After eight years of subsidizing abortion overseas under Pres. Obama, we have to be grateful that Trump put an end to it last month.
In the state of New York there were 29.5 abortions per 1,000 women.
The national average is 14.6 per 1,000 women.
These numbers (for 2014) are from the Guttmacher Institute, a supporter of abortion rights. Nevertheless, even they are saying the abortion rate in our state is double the national average, and yet there are proabortion forces in Albany looking to give us even more abortion.
Prolifers at the White Plains Defund Planned Parenthood rally on Rt. 119.
In Spring Valley and White Plains yesterday prolifers gathered at Planned Parenthood offices to be part of the nationwide “Defund Planned Parenthood” rally. There were 200 such rallies in cities and towns across America.
On Perlman Drive in Spring Valley
In Rockland 22 people came to the prayer site on Perlman Drive to pray for the closure of PP in the Pascack Plaza mall and elsewhere. Fifty-two attended the rally in White Plains.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America receives $353.5 million from taxpayers. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in America. According to the #ProtestPP Coalition, this is more than 300,000 abortions a year, 30% of the total.
GET involved with #ProtestPP at the link above for updates on the congressional defunding effort and urgent calls to action.
The 2017 “State of Abortion in the United States” has just been published and you can find it at the top of the right column of our website. It will always be there. Just click on it when you need statistics or analysis to back up your arguments in a letter to your legislator — or just browse through for some fascinating facts like who the wealthiest supporters of abortion in America are or how public opinion polling about abortion works.
This fourth annual report contains some really good news: There were 12.5% fewer abortions in 2014 than there were just three years earlier, when there were 1,058,490. The most recent figure of 926,190 represents a drop of 42.4% from the all-time peak of 1,608,600 in 1990.
On Jan. 23, President Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting U.S. foreign aid from going to organizations abroad that perform abortions.This includes International Planned Parenthood. More here.
A recent Marist poll found that 83% of those American surveyed strongly or very strongly opposed using tax dollars to fund abortions abroad. Those surveyed included Republicans, Independents and Democrats. Survey here, see p. 6.