Pro-life House Republicans urged Congress to vote this month on a bill that would guarantee the right to life for unborn babies from the moment of conception.
Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-West Virginia, the bill would provide equal protection for every human being, born and unborn, under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It states that the terms “human person” and “human being” in the Constitution must include every member of the human race at all stages of life, “including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.”
Good said Congress should act boldly to protect unborn babies from abortion, especially considering that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade this summer.
“As we anticipate the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, it is important that the Congress take a bold stance in the defense of life,” Good said in a statement. “The science demonstrates that life begins at conception, and voters deserve to know where their representative really stands on protecting all innocent unborn life.”
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His discharge petition has 60 House Republican co-sponsors so far, according to Townhall.
Democrats control the U.S. House, but a discharge petition allows Republicans to bring legislation forward for a vote as long as 218 members agree.
Heritage Action executive director Jessica Anderson told Townhall that they hope Congress will advance these pro-life bills even though Republicans currently are in the minority.
“Our ask to Congress is not to wait for the majority, but to try to push these bills now, and then if conservatives are lucky to take back the majority in the fall, that we put a menu of options that protect life,” she said.
Mooney, the lead sponsor of the bill, urged lawmakers to join him in supporting human rights for all human beings.
“Respecting human life from the moment of conception until natural death is not simply a religious belief, it is a scientific fact that life begins at conception,” Mooney said in a statement. “I urge my colleagues in Congress to define human life at conception. The preborn are the most helpless among us, and they need us to protect them.”
Pro-life Republican lawmakers also introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires basic medical care to be provided to babies who survive abortions, and the Heartbeat Protection Act, which bans abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy.
However, pro-abortion Democrats control the U.S. House, and no pro-life legislation has advanced this year.
Instead, in September, House Democrats passed a radical pro-abortion bill that would force states to legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, force Catholic hospitals and pro-life medical workers to participate in the killing of unborn babies and force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.
Only one Democrat joined Republicans in voting against the pro-abortion bill, but polls consistently show strong public opposition to such legislation. LifeNews highlighted 11 recent polls here.
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.