U.S. House Passes Legislation to Ban Late-Term Abortions
U.S. House Passes Legislation to Ban Late-Term Abortions
Written By David E. Smith   |   10.04.17

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With a vote of 237 to 189, the U.S. House voted yesterday to pass H.R. 36, the 20-week ban on abortion.  The official title of this important legislation is the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which restricts most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, with limited exceptions.  It also specifies that any baby born alive in the process of an abortion should be given the same care as a baby born prematurely.

This federal legislation was sponsored by U.S. Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ), and cosponsored by 182 other lawmakers, including the following Illinois Congressmen: Mike Bost (R-Carbondale), Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton), John Shimkus (R-Collinsville), Daniel Lipinski (D-Chicago), Randy Hultgren (R-McHenry), Rodney Davis (R-Decatur), and Darin LaHood (R-Peoria).  See roll call vote for the Illinois Congressional delegation below.

This legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

We are proud to see that our pro-life leaders in Congress are advancing this commonsense legislation in order to protect the life and dignity of some of the victims of abortion. Regardless of party affiliation, every member of Congress should recognize the scientific research which demonstrates that pre-born babies can feel pain beginning at 20 weeks gestation.  We must pray that the members of the U.S. Senate, including Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, will put their partisan allegiances aside and act in the best interest of our pre-born neighbors and their mothers.

Take ACTION:  Click HERE to send a message to our U.S. Senators to ask them to support H.R. 36, the 20-week abortion ban, also known as the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”  President Trump’s Administration has made it clear that he intends to sign it, if and when it reaches his desk.

H.R. 36 is a step in the right direction when it comes to affirming the dignity, sanctity and value of every human life, from conception to natural death.

How Did They Vote on H.R. 36:

Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D)NAY
1st Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-4372
District Phone: 773-779-2400

Rep. Robin Kelly (D)NAY
2nd Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-0773
District Phone: 773-321-2001

Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D)YEA
3rd Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5701
District Phone: 773-948-6223

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D)NAY
4th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-8203
District Phone: 773-342-0774

Rep. Mike Quigley (D)NAY
5th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-4061
District Phone: 773-267-5926

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

Rep. Danny K. Davis (D)NAY
7th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5006
District Phone: 773-533-7520

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D)NAY
8th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-3711
District Phone: 847-413-1959

Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D)NAY
9th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-2111
District Phone: 773-506-7100

Rep. Bradley Schneider (D)NAY
10th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-4835
District Phone: 847-383-4870

Rep. Bill Foster (D)NAY
11th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-3515
District Phone: 815-280-5876

Rep. Mike Bost (R)YEA
12th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5661
District Phone: 618-457-5787

Rep. Rodney Davis (R)YEA
13th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-2371
District Phone: 217-791-6224

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R)YEA
14th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-2976
District Phone: 630-584-2734

Rep. John Shimkus (R)YEA
15th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5271
District Phone: 217-347-7947

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R)YEA
16th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-3635
District Phone: 815-708-8032

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D)NAY
17th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5905
District Phone: 309-966-1813

Rep. Darin LaHood (R)YEA
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 countless interviews for numerous radio, television, cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as the sanctity of life, natural marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography. He and his wife of 28 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. They strongly believe that their first duty before God is to disciple their children in the Christian faith, and...
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