When Republicans took the majority in Congress, pro-life supporters thought it would lead almost immediately to legislation limiting abortions.
So far, though, there’s been no action, at least until the announcement there will be a House vote on a 20-week abortion ban sometime in mid-May.
Twice pro-life leaders from around the country have gathered to protest at U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s office, frustrated that he and other Republican leaders haven’t been bringing up pro-life bills for votes.
They’re still angry at what those congressional leaders did just hours before the January 22 March for Life in Washington, D.C., this year. In a surprise reversal, these pro-life lawmakers abandoned their plan to vote on a law banning abortion for unborn babies five months or older.
“Tragically, on the Roe vs. Wade memorial, they pulled legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks,” protest leader Rev. Pat Mahoney, with the Christian Defense Coalition, told CBN News.
“That’s not just a betrayal of the pro-life movement. That’s a betrayal of these innocent children,” he said.
The protesters say nearly four months of congressional inaction has been inexcusable, especially when 60 percent of Americans want some abortions limited.
Pro-life activist Mallory Quiqley of the Susan B. Anthony List said that’s especially true of the 20-week abortion ban.
“That’s five months — more than halfway through pregnancy. This is a fully formed child and the scientific research shows that the child is capable of feeling pain at that point,” Quiqley explained.
“There’ve been more than five major national polls that all show that Americans agree with us on this point: it’s time to remove the United States from the list of only seven countries – seven countries – to allow abortion after this point in time,” she added.
So there’s relief at news the House will vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
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SOURCE: CBN News