Today was one of those days. There was immense pressure put on Republican representatives in Georgia on a bill in Congress about life. H. R. 1797, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the House of Representatives led by a Republican from Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn. In a very smart move, Republican women made the case for this bill. Last week in committee, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga) shared his very personal story about his own daughter.
Sadly, the biggest squabble was between pro-life groups. National groups like the Susan B. Anthony List and the Family Research Council applauded the bill as a step in the right direction. At home, Georgia Right to Life urged their supporters and elected officials who ask for their support to vote the bill down. Their argument is, it won’t pass in the Senate and if it does, President Obama will never sign it, so why give moderate Republicans a bill they can vote on and say they voted to limit abortions?
I have to disagree with my friends at Georgia Right to Life on this one. I believe this is a step in the right direction and as one congressman told me today, “It’s the best we are going to get under this president. Let’s pass it, get it to his desk and let him veto a bill that outlaws the type of practices Kermit Gosnell used.”
It’s not perfect, but it will never be perfect until Roe v. Wade is overturned and the decision about abortion law is back in the hands of state legislatures. I’m ready to fight that fight.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn deserves praise for fighting this fight through the battle. We haven’t won the war, but we won the battle today.
From Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s press release:
|CONGRESSMAN MARSHA BLACKBURN
Honored To Serve the 7th District of Tennessee
|Blackburn Leads Fight To Protect Women And Babies From Dangerous Late-Term Abortions
|WASHINGTON – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today led the fight in the House of Representatives to protect women and babies from dangerous late-term abortions. H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed the House with bipartisan support.The legislation would limit dangerous late-term abortions starting at the sixth month of pregnancy when science says an unborn child can feel pain.“The question we have to ask ourselves is this: What is the moral difference between what Kermit Gosnell did to a baby born alive at 23 weeks and aborting her moments before her birth? I suggest, humbly, that there is no difference,” Blackburn said. “To condemn Gosnell is to condemn late-term abortions. To condone late-term abortion is to condone the tragedy that allowed poor women and children in that House of Horrors in Philadelphia to suffer and die.
“With over 60% of American’s supporting a ban on abortions in the second trimester and over 80% supporting the ban in the third trimester, our humanity compels us to end this violent and abhorrent practice.”
Blackburn talked with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin earlier today about the about the need end dangerous late-term abortions in order to protect women and babies from from criminals like Kermit Gosnell. Read Blackburn’s op-ed in Politico.