Father Frank's Alerts

Urge your senators to vote for two pro-life bills

February 19, 2020

Dear Friends,

During the week of February 24th, the U.S. Senate will be deciding whether or not to vote on two very important pro-life bills – S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and S. 3275,  the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

If 60 senators vote in favor of ending debate on these two bills – called cloture - then a vote on the bills themselves can take place. That second vote requires just a simple majority of the Republican-controlled Senate.

It’s those first votes, called cloture votes, that could be a problem. We expect every Republican senator to vote in favor, but we need enough Democrats to do so as well, to bring the vote count up to the required number of 60.

And the Democrats stubbornly oppose these pro-life bills.

The Born-Alive bill, as you know, does not restrict abortion access or place any burdens on the mother seeking the abortion. If her child lives, the bill would require the abortionist to begin immediate life-saving care for the infant, and to transfer him or her to a nearby hospital.

There should not even be a need to debate this bill. Of course a baby who is now out of his mother’s womb should be treated like every other member of the human race! How bizarre that the Democrats think otherwise.

During a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, insisted that the problem of babies born alive after abortion “doesn’t exist.” But it does, and the documentation is public. She’s either lying or she’s so misinformed as to be dangerous.

Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, said “this bill is not about abortion; it is about babies. The abortion is in the past. Now we are focusing on a living, breathing human being.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, asked those who were testifying against the bill to raise their hands if they were in favor of allowing abortion survivors to die, and no one did.

They were there opposing the bill and they didn’t have the courage to raise their hands!

They can’t have it both ways: They either oppose infanticide or they don’t. That’s where you come in.

The Pain-Capable bill would protect a baby from abortion from 20 weeks on. This protection is based on the baby’s ability to feel pain. Many abortions at this point are performed by ripping the arms and legs off the baby while she’s still alive.

The last time this bill came up for a vote in the Senate was in January 2018, when 51 Senators voted to advance it. But that wasn’t 60, and so the bill did not advance. This was a disgrace and must not be repeated.

I need you to get in touch with your senators – Republican and Democrat – to say you will be watching both cloture votes closely. Last year, the Born-Alive bill garnered only 53 votes in the cloture round so the bill never advanced. Forty-four senators voted against advancing the bill.

We can’t let that happen again.

When you click below, I will give you a message to deliver to Democrat and Republican senators. And if you live in a state where a senator is up for re-election this November, make it clear that you’ll keep their vote in mind on Election Day, and will inform other voters as well!

These Senators are elected to represent us. Let’s make sure they do.

Please click here to find out how to contact your senators.

Please act today, and please pass along this email to as many others you know who may be interested.

Thank you for being part of the Priests for Life Family!


Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

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