There won't be a vote today on a 20-week abortion ban.
House Republicans decided at the last minute to postpone the vote.
They say they need to work out some of the language in the bill. They want more time to resolve differences over reporting requirements for victims of rape.
But the fact is, they should have worked out these problems weeks, even months ago. Americans did not elect the GOP to control both houses of Congress for mishaps like this.
The Democrats are laughing at this setback. They remain steadfastly opposed to any commonsense reforms.
I spoke with several strong pro-life Republicans on the Hill. After the 20-week ban was delayed, they demanded a vote on another pro-life bill: The No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act. The House is expected to pass this bill today, and send it over to the Senate.
We have many dedicated pro-life lawmakers on Capitol Hill. And I'm glad they're still fighting very hard to protect the unborn.
But I told them that we still expect a vote soon on the 20-week abortion ban.
I also wanted you to know that I've met with many pro-life women today. They're standing strong and reminding lawmakers that public support for this 20-week ban is stronger among women than men!
I've also talked with pro-life activists coming here for the March for Life. The streets here in Washington are flooding with hundreds of thousands of joyful people.
Like you and me, they are frustrated by today's temporary setback. But they aren't giving up. And neither will you and I.
We simply cannot give up the fight. We cannot let down the children we are fighting so hard to protect.
That's why I want you encourage you to renew your effort to the unborn today, and consider three steps to help their struggle today:
- Pray the rosary or attend Mass. Never doubt that the Lord hears your prayers for our innocent brothers and sisters.
- Sacrifice for the unborn. Show solidarity with them by fasting today.
- Call your Representative at 202-224-3121. Demand that they vote on H.R. 36!
The United States is one of only four countries on the planet that allow abortions in all nine months. But Americans do not want late-term abortions. The polls clearly show that a majority of Americans want a ban on abortions on children who are 20 weeks old and can experience pain.
Keep up the fight!