WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement about Thursday’s 251-172 vote for the Protect Life Act in the House of Representatives.
“On its way to being passed by the House, the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358) was described by its detractors as a waste of time, a distraction that took the focus off the economy, and a death sentence for women facing life-threatening pregnancies.
“It is none of those things.
“Saving lives is never a waste of time, and this bill, at its core, is about saving lives. But it also represents the majority of the American people, who do not want their tax dollars paying for abortion. Those who voted against the bill contradicted the wishes of their constituents, and should be held accountable in the elections.
“Repairing the economy and creating jobs is crucial, but it has never been and will never be as crucial as preserving the right to life. The right to life is the foundation on which all our other rights are built. We must protect life first, and then look for solutions to our other problems.
“As for the claim that the Protect Life Act would leave pregnant women bleeding to death on emergency room floors, that is pure theatrics.
“The American people know what the Protect Life Act would and would not do. It would prohibit their tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions, and it would protect the conscience rights of medical workers who oppose abortion. It’s a good bill, a necessary bill, and the House took an important first step in passing it.”
Father Pavone urged supporters to make their views known to their senators.