|Yesterday’s U.S. Senate vote on the Pain-Capable Child Protection Act was a milestone in the fight to protect life.
It was also the culmination of years of work by Susan B. Anthony List and our allies. Marjorie led a press conference yesterday morning before the vote with many of these allies in addition to the bill sponsor, Senator Lindsey Graham -check out the great picture below.
Later this week, we’ll give you an opportunity to contact your Senators about this important vote. It was the first time the Senate has voted on a bill to protect an entire class of children. It is not perfect legislation, but it does challenge a major premise of Roe v. Wade.
While we did not get the 60 votes needed to override a Democrat-led filibuster, we secured a majority –54 – votes, including three democrats who chose pro-life principle over party.
This means that a majority of the House and Senate have both voted in favor of ending late-term abortions. This is what progress looks like!
Here’s another example of progress. Yesterday, Marjorie introduced Micah Pickering, a happy, healthy 3 year old, to Senators just before they went onto the Senate floor to vote. Micah, who was born at 20 weeks fetal age, is the face of the 18,000 lives who could be saved by the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. He was the same boy at 22 weeks that he is now, just older.
Senator Joni Ernst (IA) meets with Micah Pickering and his family.
Along with neonatologists, his parents Danielle and Clayton fought for his life. You and I must keep fighting for the lives of his peers!
The fight is certainly not over. Your SBA List is working hard to keep this common sense, compassionate legislation a defining issue of the 2016 campaign and looks forward to electing a pro-life president who could sign this bill into law. We are also working as Congress advances several other pro-life bills and addresses the issue of taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider.
Marjorie wrote an op-ed this week for TIME magazine I thought you’d like to read on this issue. The piece is entitled: “Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Need More Money—Babies Need Rights.”
You can read the TIME op-ed linked here.
Please let me know what you think and please continue to stand with us in this fight to protect the most vulnerable among us!
Executive Vice President,
Susan B. Anthony List