U.S. House Votes to Ban Late Term Abortions
U.S. House Votes to Ban Late Term Abortions
Written By David E. Smith   |   05.14.15
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How did Illinois’ Congressional Delegation Vote?

As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 242-184 yesterday to pass a bill to to extend federal protections for preborn children who are 20 weeks fetal age or more, and who are capable of experiencing excruciating pain.  (Read more about this HERE.)  This legislation would also protect babies who are born alive during late abortions.

The bill is called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), and it’s chief sponsor is U.S. Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ).  This legislation was developed from model legislation developed by National Right to Life and enacted thus far in eleven states, and lays further groundwork for the ongoing legal battle that pro-lifers hope will eventually result in forcing the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that  legalized abortion.

In a nationwide poll of 1,623 registered voters in November 2014, The Quinnipiac University Poll found that 60 percent would support a law such as the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, while only 33 percent opposed such legislation. Women voters split 59-35 percent in support of such a law, while independent voters supported it by 56-36 percent.

Of Illinois’ 18 U.S. Representatives, seven voted to end painful late-term abortion on innocent helpless children while 10 voted to continue. Chicago Democrat Daniel Lipinski joined the majority of Republicans who supported this bill, while Lincolnshire Republican Bob Dold joined the majority of Democrats who voted against this bill. We’ve also indicated in the list below, the Congressmen who co-sponsored this bill.

IFI greatly appreciates the 7 Illinois members of the U.S. House who voted in favor of H.R. 36.

It is unknown if U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will call the bill for a vote in the U.S. Senate.  Moreover, the White House is on record saying that President Barack Obama would veto it if it ever reached his desk, saying it is “an assault on a woman’s right to choose” and “a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.”  You may remember that as an Illinois State Senator, Mr. Obama repeatedly voted to allow infanticide to continue unabated in Illinois hospitals.

Voting Results for The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:

Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D)–No
1st Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-4372
District Phone:             773-224-6500

Rep. Robin Kelly (D)–No
2nd Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-0773
District Phone:             773-568-2623

Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D)–YEA
H.R. 36 Co-Sponsor
3rd Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-5701
District Phone:             312-886-0481

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D)–No
4th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-8203
District Phone:             773-342-0774

Rep. Mike Quigley (D)–No
5th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-4061
District Phone:             773-267-5926

Rep. Peter Roskam (R)–YEA
H.R. 36 Co-Sponsor
6th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-4561
District Phone:             630-232-0006

Rep. Danny K. Davis (D)–No
7th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-5006
District Phone:             773-533-7520

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D)–No
8th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-3711
District Phone:             847-413-1959

Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D)–No
9th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-2111
District Phone:             773-506-7100

Rep. Bob Dold (R)–No
10th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-4835
District Phone:             847-793-8400

Rep. Bill Foster (D)–No
11th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-3515
District Phone:             630-585-7672

Rep. Mike Bost (R)–YEA
H.R. 36 Co-Sponsor

12th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-5661
District Phone:             618-233-8026

Rep. Rodney Davis (R)–YEA
13th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-2371
District Phone:             217-403-4690

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R)–YEA
H.R. 36 Co-Sponsor
14th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-2976
District Phone:             630-232-7104

Rep. John Shimkus (R)–YEA
H.R. 36 Co-Sponsor

15th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-5271
District Phone:             217-446-0664

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R)–YEA
16th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-3635
District Phone:             815-431-9383

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D)–No
17th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-5905
District Phone:             309-966-1813

18th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-6201
District Phone:             309-671-7027

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David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is the executive director of Illinois Family Institute (501c3) and Illinois Family Action (501c4). David has 30 years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes...
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