House Passage of 5-Month Abortion Limit Sets Stage for 2016

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Opportunity for 2016 GOP Candidates to Show Sharp Contrast with Hillary Clinton on Abortion

Washington, D.C – This afternoon the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, by a vote of 242 to 184. In recent days, members of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) have made over 12,250 live constituent calls to key Members of Congress urging this vote. The legislation to stop abortion after five months based on the unborn child’s ability to feel pain is supported by the majority of Americans, women in even higher numbers than men.

“Politics thrives on moments of clarity,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.  “This legislation to protect the most innocent among us is an opportunity for clarity heading into the 2016 elections. Protecting pain-capable babies and mothers at risk during a late-term abortion is a winning issue and one that has unified the entire Republican presidential field. Where does Hillary Clinton stand?

“Last week, the New York Times highlighted a study which found that premature infants can survive prior to 24 weeks, generally thought to be the point of ‘viability.’ The ongoing national conversation on this bill should force Hillary Clinton and the entire Democratic Party to choose. Will they side with the wisdom of the American majority, or maintain their chilling pro-abortion platform: support for abortion on-demand, for any reason, up until the moment of birth, at taxpayer’s expense. We look forward to seeing Sen. Lindsey Graham take up this battle in the upper chamber. The American people deserve to know where their Senators stand when it comes to protecting life more than halfway through pregnancy.”

Already Republican presidential candidates are going on offense on this issue. Last month, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called out the Democratic Party’s position on abortion by asking Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she would support the abortion of a 7-pound baby.

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.

Susan B. Anthony List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.




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