Pro-Life Group Calls for Defeating “Pro-Life” Lawmakers Who Sabotaged 20-Week Abortion Ban

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 29, 2015   |   1:22PM   |   Washington, DC

The leading pro-life group behind the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the ban on abortions after 20 weeks, is calling on pro-life voters to hold accountable the “pro-life” Republican lawmakers who sabotaged a vote on the bill last week.

A handful of “pro-life” lawmakers have sabotaged a vote House Republican leaders planned for today to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientific evidence showing unborn babies feel pain in abortions. Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina (right) along with Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, and Jackie Walorski of Indiana, were among the ringleaders of the much-criticized effort.

reneeellmersTogether, they reportedly got enough lawmakers to cast doubts on the outcome of the bill that House Republican leaders were forced to pull the measure from a debate and vote on the House floor.

The move so upset pro-life advocates that they protested outside Ellmers’ office.

Now, Carol Tobias, the president of the National Right to Life Committee, is calling on pro-life advocates to hold them accountable.

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In an email to supporters that received titled “Elected Officials Who Betray Unborn Babies Have to Go,” Tobias said, “Last week, a small handful of congresswomen and men did something absolutely unconscionable. These lawmakers claim to be “pro-life,” and they were elected to Congress in part because they promised their constituents they would support laws to save the lives of unborn babies.”

“But despite their solemn promises to their pro-life constituents and more important, to the unborn, they ganged up last week to sidetrack for now the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  This humane bill would ban abortions when an unborn baby is developed enough feel terrible pain during an abortion – and if you can’t vote for such a humanitarian no-brainer of a law to protect the unborn, you can’t be trusted to vote for any pro-life legislation,” Tobias added.

We need to send a message loud and clear to all “pro-life” representatives who ask for our vote, but who betray the lives of vulnerable unborn babies when they get in office:  If you vote or work behind the scenes to allow the slaughter of abortion to continue, you will hear from pro-life voters loudly and clearly at the polls,” Tobias added.

The National Right to Life president says the betrayal is not confined to Congress — saying that more states would have passed the bill if not for some supposedly reliable pro-life elected officials.

“Tragically, something similar has happened in a handful of states where we’ve worked to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  Although we’ve passed the law in 10 states, and the law is in force and currently saving babies from horrific painful late abortions in virtually all of those states, we could have passed the law in additional states had a handful of governors and legislators not betrayed the unborn and helped kill the bill,” Tobais explained.

After the lawmakers sabotaged the bill, the House voted instead on a bill prohibiting federal funding for abortions — a vote designed to show support for the pro-life movement after House Republicans had pleased pro-life advocates by scheduling a vote on the fetal-pain-based abortion ban. The House passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act.