The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks from fertilization in order to protect pain-capable, unborn children from excruciating deaths at the hands of an abortionist. The bill allowed for exceptions for women who were raped… she would just had to report the rape. (mind you that woman could still kill her baby up to 19 weeks without reporting it)
Just a few months ago you probably saw your lawmaker in a church, or perhaps a Right to Life banquet waving to potential voters, and promising they would stand for life no matter the cost.
We elected them. Overwhelmingly elected them as we snatched the office from the grips of Democrat bondage.
Fast forward a bit to this week; the week pro lifers make their journey to Washington to stand for life. The week our lawmakers have a chance to put their stump speeches to action. For 42 years, pro lifers have marched. This is the week where finally we get to make a mark for life. Lawmakers promised they would vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. They voted on the same bill last year, why wouldn’t they?
One word. Politics.
This week two female lawmakers suddenly withdrew their name from the bill. Last night the GOP leadership pulled the bill from consideration. It will not be voted on today. It was a stunning blow to the pro-life movement. It even surprised their own colleagues who were preparing to stand for life! No one knows the real reason, but there are a couple of reasons being reported. One reason was because they were concerned that the legislation’s restrictive language would once again spoil the party’s chances of broadening its appeal to women and the younger voters. Other reasons being reported, are that congress should not rush into pushing pro-life bills so soon after the GOP takeover. I’ve also been told these lawmakers did not like the fact that women should have to report a rape to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks.
Who made this call? Karl Rove? For the love of everything righteous, would someone tell me how this political advice from whoever they got it from trumps the voice of actual VOTERS who just elected these men and women to do what they said they were going to do…. protect life.
What in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks just happened? It takes a special combination of incompetence and cowardice to miss an easy lay-up like this, but apparently the new Republican Congress has it in spades.-Mollie Hemingway
This bill was not just a “life” bill. Folks this bill was protecting our children from LATE TERM ABORTIONS. Abortions where the children can feel pain.They can feel their arms and legs being ripped off. These babies can live outside the womb. I am not normally one to post graphic pictures, and I apologize, but I think we need to see what we are talking about here. This bill was protecting children after 20 weeks. Disclaimer: I am so pro-life I believe ALL babies need to be protected, from natural conception to natural death. (I believe I will see this in my lifetime) But let me repeat… this bill was a LATE TERM ABORTION bill. Click here to see the reality of what they just punted. My heart can’t even place a picture on my blog without breaking in two.
I don’t know about you, but I believe the political meandering needs to stop. I will go as far as to say Right to Life needs to quit inviting politicians to their banquets to give them a platform.
If they are pro-life, make them fight for it. Make them come to you, the voter, look you in the eye and tell you they will fight for life. These platforms are nothing but an easy campaign stop for them. Who wouldn’t want to come to an auditorium full of passionate people who stand for life, wave to 1000 people then go home.
I am tired of giving free platforms to politicians who use them, then go to congress and listen to their political strategists who have suddenly become the end all, be all of knowledge. I am tired of politicians buttering both sides of their political bread to remain in office. I’m tired of a cowardly GOP who is afraid of their own base.
I know there are political realities. I know how the process works. I’ve played the game for nearly 13 years. There are areas in policy that can be compromised. There are some issues that can be traded for “better deals.” I get it. The sanctity of LIFE is not one of them. I set the political bar at life. If you don’t have the courage to fight for the foundational principles, then you should not be in any elected office. I’m tired of making excuses.
Disclaimer: I also know there are good guys fighting for us. I know they are getting kicked in the teeth for the hard stands they are taking. We see the carnage in the liberal media every day. Don’t mistake this blog for a “take them all out, they are all evil” stand. It’s not. It’s simply a call for courage or exit.
We either believe in life or we don’t. As Molly Hemingway stated, “If Republicans can’t pass wildly popular legislation protecting innocent unborn children, what’s going to happen when they face difficult legislative battles? It’s best to view this as a very simple test for House Republicans. A test they failed miserably.”
Some might say, “Monica, you sound a little angry about this!” Yes, you are right! It is time we hold these lawmakers accountable for what they say on the campaign trail. It’s time we let the GOP know we are finished with Rove politics, demand our leaders do what they said they were going to do. I mean really, why do our politicians fall for men like this who make money from their “celebrity expert” status?
If our politicians were smart, they would feel the heartbeat of this generation. This generation is more pro-life than any other generation. Why not listen to the heartbeat of your voting base? I love what David Freddoso said in his tweet…
Want to do better with young voters? Don’t botch an issue where they’re more on your side than any other age group. #prolife
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) January 22, 2015
Christy Stutzman, the wife of Congressman Marlin Stutzman wrote an incredible article in the Washington Times this morning about this very issue. I hold to her hope with every fiber of my being, that Generation X will give birth to “Generation Life.” I believe it.
If leadership isn’t giving female legislators the authority and influence they seek on this issue, rectify that. But everyone needs to get their act together and to get it together quickly. If this really was just a completely botched power play at the expense of unborn children and their supporters, the people responsible should pay consequences. Names should top a short list of incompetent politicians who should be kindly asked not to run for any office ever again. Those on the short list should be given the full understanding that failure to heed this warning will result in a vigorous primary fight.
The leadership needs to fix their internal and external communications and do some remedial training for members who need basic advice such as, “do not shoot yourself in the foot,” and “do not needlessly anger the one group of Americans not livid with us at the moment.” Maybe even, “learn how to do a power play that doesn’t take down your whole party with you.”
As my colleague David Harsanyi has noted, we have a Republican Congress that doesn’t believe it’s competent enough to make a case against infanticide. That’s bad news for unborn children and their mothers. And it’s bad for everyone else, too. Why Everyone should be terrified by the GOP’s Abortion Bill Debacle, Molly Hemingway
Friends, its time. It’s time we stop giving them a platform for political rhetoric, and make them go back to knocking on doors for your vote. It’s time to stop accepting crumbs from empty words. It’s time to stop playing political games with foundational issues. It’s time to demand they put action behind their stump speeches! They had a chance this week and they punted. It’s time for a time out, and a re-evaluation.
Do we follow a party who has left us, or do we follow the heartbeat of our values.