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TAXPAYER FUNDING BILL SUBSTITUTED AT LAST MINUTE FOR “PAIN-CAPABLE” ACT

by Sharon Rondeau

Ten-week-old fetus in utero

(Jan. 22, 2015) — Coinciding with the annual March for Life in Washington, DC on Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure which would prohibit federal Obamacare subsidies from paying for abortion procedures.

The March for Life is held each year on January 22 because on January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that a Texas law prohibiting abortion was unconstitutional, making the procedure available in all states.  Thursday’s march was reportedly attended by “hundreds of thousands.”

Photos of the event presented by LifeNews are here.  The Washington Times reported that young people comprised the majority of participants.

January  is also considered “Sanctity of Human Life Month” by pro-life activists.

Originally House Republicans had planned to vote on a bill known as the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” HR36, which would have banned abortion at and beyond 20 weeks of gestation with certain exceptions as long as any criminal activity was reported to law enforcement.  After several Republican women appeared to withdraw their support, the Republican caucus decided not to vote on it, substituting HR7, the “No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act,” which passed 242 to 179.

A bill similar to HR36 passed the House in 2013 which specified the cutoff point at 22 weeks.  The bill was not passed by the Democrat-led Senate.

House Democrats and pro-abortion groups opposed HR7.  On Thursday, NARAL Pro-Choice America opined:

H.R.7 will not only limit women’s ability to make health care choices it will also raise taxes on small business who provide comprehensive health care to their employees. Banning abortion and raising taxes on small business share one thing in common: they are about as far as the GOP can get from the priorities of the American people.

Let’s be clear, switching from one bad abortion ban bill to another will not solve their political problem. The problem is not their rhetoric, it’s their policies. If this bill were ever to become law, it would hurt millions. But that will not happen. This bill will not become law.

Ten states have passed laws similar to the Pain-Capable Act.  Some require waiting periods for abortions and parental notifications if the person considering abortion is a minor.

Organizations such as the Family Research Council (FRC) were disappointed that two Republican House members in particular who had previously shown support for the Pain-Capable Act withdrew their support late in the process.  LifeNews reported that “A handful of “pro-life” lawmakers have sabotaged a vote House Republican leaders planned for today to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientific evidence showing unborn babies feel pain in abortions.”

According to Wikipedia, an 18-week-old fetus has eyebrows and eyelashes, fingernails and toenails, and its movements can be felt by the mother.

LifeNews estimates that more than 57,000,000 lives have been taken since abortion was pronounced legal by the high court.

Americans United for Life (AUL) has compiled a list of risks associated with abortion which includes injury, risk of future premature birth and complications during pregnancy, an increased risk of developing breast cancer, and psychological effects which can last for many years afterward.

Obama favors abortion and has promised to veto legislation preventing abortion after 20 weeks, as was outlined in HR36.  On Thursday, Obama stated his opposition to HR7, saying that if passed, it would “intrude on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care.”

In 2008, Obama told prospective voters that a woman with an unwanted pregnancy would be “punished with a baby” if they did not have access to abortion, using his two daughters, who were nine and six at the time, as an example.

When in 2002 the Congress voted in favor of protecting the lives of babies who survived abortions, Obama voted against it.

Sen. Lindsey Graham has sponsored a companion bill in the Senate.

The Susan B. Anthony List has called upon the Senate to also pass HR7.  Opponents believe the bill is “an attack on women.”

The Washington Times reported that ten pro-abortion demonstrators were arrested at Thursday’s event.

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  1. Great! Now we need a law to ban crooked politicians that would actually get blamed for doing wrong things, especially people that would falsify Constitutional Eligibility of an illegal POTUS as Biden and Pelosi did in 2008! We need fast action accountability groups that can cut the paperwork and get these people behind bars and out of authority used for corruption and theft. Give the American taxpayer’s a break from the endless burden of endless overspending, DNC lies and corruption. This is the most corruption and damage the U.S. has ever seen as it was planned since the late 1950’s. It’s time to stop it once and for all or give America away completely to crime in politics and allow it to become a second or third world entity as we have nearly 1/3 of our population out of work or underemployed with nothing but tit-a-tat/lip service/promises/lectures and more BS on anything that goes nowhere but keeps their entitlement checks coming.