For more than a month, pro-life supporters have been eagerly anticipating this day. While hundreds of thousands of us participate today in the March for Life, a newly elected, majority pro-life Congress was to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). This bill would have ended the legal killing of unborn children 20 weeks and older. This is the age at which unborn children are known to experience pain. The bill would have protected them from the agony of abortion. The only exceptions would have been in the cases of rape, incest, or threats to the mother’s life, the standard exceptions Congress has accepted for years.
Last night, however, in response to objections from some of their members, Republican House leadership decided to pull the bill from consideration. This decision risks the continuation of the abortion of thousands of children during their last four months in their mother’s wombs. The United States is one of just a handful of nations in the world that continues to legally abort unborn children more than 20 weeks of age indiscriminately. This is a bill that has widespread support, even among women.
This decision is a severe breach of trust that we cannot let go unchallenged. Let me urge you to do two things today:
- Have your prayer time and Bible study.
- Call your member of congress and express your support for H.R. 36. You can find your Congressman here.
If you would like to know more about how all this came about, I encourage you to read this story at the Washington Post.
As followers of Christ, we believe every life was created in the image of God and deserves our protection. We must speak up for the unborn who cannot speak for themselves. God expects no less. I pray you will make yourselves heard before this morning has passed.