FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2015
Contact: Mallory Quigley, [email protected], 202-223-8073
Christie Urges Congress to Take Action to Defend Children after Five Months, “We can do far better than this.”
Washington, D.C – This afternoon, New Jersey Governor and 2016 hopeful Chris Christie (R-NJ) announced his support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
“I am proud to be a pro-life Republican. I believe that every life is an individual gift from God, and that no life is disposable. When I was preparing to run for Governor of New Jersey there were those who told me there was no way I would be elected as a pro-life candidate. I told them that they were wrong, that the voters would accept the sincerity of my beliefs even if they felt differently. Today, I am a living example that being pro-life is not a political liability anywhere in America,” said Gov. Chris Christie to the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List.
“I also know that there are areas where all Americans – regardless of being pro-life or pro-choice – can come together. One proposal that brings Americans together is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would protect unborn children beginning at 20 weeks, or five months of pregnancy, based on their ability to feel pain. America is one of just seven countries that permits elective abortions past this point. We can do far better than this. I urge Congress to take swift action on this important issue.”
In response, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said:
“There is complete unity on the Republican side around this highly reasonable proposal to protect pain-capable children after five months. Meanwhile, the national Democratic Party and its leaders remind us almost daily of the abortion lobby’s importance in their policy and politics. We expect this clear difference to be a focal point of the general election debate.”
A November 2014 poll from Quinnipiac found that 60 percent of Americans, including 56 percent of Independents and 46 percent of Democrats, support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. To date, 14 states have enacted Pain-Capable laws.
The Susan B. Anthony List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.