House Passes Bill Banning Late-term Abortions

ab63c0e7-83a7-4418-a5b4-55afb1407bc1The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bill that bans late-term abortions from shortly after 20 weeks of pregnancy to the day of birth. The vote was 237 to 189. Only three Democrats supported the bill and only three Republicans opposed it.

Rockland’s representative in the House, Nita Lowey, (D, 17th CD), voted against it.

The bill is called the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” the name reflecting the evidence that unborn babies of that age are capable of feeling intense pain during an abortion.

This legislation has passed in the House of Representatives twice before, in 2013 and 2015, but was killed in the Senate. If it does pass in the Senate this time, President Trump has promised to sign it into law.

Sixteen states have enacted similar legislation: Ohio, Texas, Nebraska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Kansas.

190 countries do NOT allow abortions past 5 months. Among those that do are China, North Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, Vietnam, Canada — and the USA.

It was an exciting step forward in the House of Representatives today. Thank you to all who supported the bill, especially Rep. Chris Smith of  NJ, the leader of the prolife caucus in the House.

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NY Legislative Session Ends With No Anti-Life Bills

Thankfully, the New York State Senate and Assembly adjourned on Wednesday, June 21, without taking up three anti-life measures. The bills had all been referred to various committees and progressed no further, with no committee votes or floor votes being taken.

A.3693 (S.159) — Additional funding to Planned Parenthood

A.6959A (S. 17A) — Allowing payment to surrogate mothers

A.02383 (S.03151) — Allowing assisted suicide (medical doctors to prescribe drugs to help patients end their lives)

While we’re relieved that none of these bills were passed into law during this session, it’s quite likely they will all be reintroduced next year. There’s even a possibility that the legislature may reconvene over the summer and might take up any of these.  So please stay vigilant, informed, and let your state legislators know what you think about these issues.

Bill Proposes Payment for Surrogacy in NY

Surrogacy is when a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy she did not conceive. The egg is fertilized outside the body and then implanted into the “surrogate mother” who carries the baby to term and then gives the child to the person or couple who commissioned the pregnancy. This bill would allow payment to the surrogate mother, thus introducing the possibility of “making parenthood a commercial enterprise” as well as exploiting a poorer woman who would carry the baby because she needs the money.  memo on Surrogacy bill-S17A, A6959A copy

Two Victories: Freedom NOT to Fund PP and Confirmation of Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Yesterday, Pres. Donald Trump signed a bill (H.J. Res. 43) that reversed a “last-minute” law from the departing Obama administration which prevented states from denying funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers under Title X.

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Assoc. Justice of Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch

With this new legislation, states  will be able to direct taxpayer dollars to comprehensive healthcare clinics that better serve women  and do not do abortions.

All three of the legislators who represent Rockland in Congress voted against this bill: Rep. Nita Lowey, and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

This was the second prolife victory this week, the first being the swearing in of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Monday.

House Votes to Allow States to Redirect Planned Parenthood Funds to County Health Depts., Community Health Centers

hj-res-43-passes-twitterreThe House of Representatives today voted 230-188 to nullify an Obama resolution designed to  prevent states from redirecting Title X funds away from unsuitable organizations like Planned Parenthood.

Rep. Nita Lowey (CD 17), who represents Rockland, voted against this prolife resolution.

See House Passes Measure to Nullify Last-Minute Gift from Obama to Planned Parenthood.

Lowey Offers Bill to Allow U.S. Funding of Abortions in Other Lands

398px-rep_nita_lowey“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.