Legislation

Friends,

Now is the time to stay mobilized and active, and for all of us to get the job done which reflects our common commitment to protecting the unborn.

Below we list important bills that are being presented for consideration in the current session of Congress and which enjoy the support of a majority of the American people.

We urge you to click on the links below to learn about this legislation, and then to let your Representatives and Senators know that you want these measures passed! Kids can reach out to Congress too!

Besides communicating with your elected officials, be sure to also inform your pastors, families, Church groups, Facebook and other social media friends, and others you can reach about these bills.

Pro-Life Legislation in the current (117th) Congress

"H.R." stands for House of Representatives; "H.J.Res." stands for House Joint Resolution; "S." stands for Senate.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. See www.BornAlive.us for information on the House and Senate Bills.

H.R. 18: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act reintroduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). This bill would make the Hyde Amendment and other current abortion funding prohibitions permanent and government-wide, and it would ensure that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) faithfully conforms to the Hyde Amendment. [Senate Letter Re: Hyde Amendment] and [House Letter Re: Hyde Amendment]

H.R. 1081: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Legislation to end the “excruciating suffering and physical pain of unborn babies” from abortion at 20 weeks or older was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and 142 Members of the House of Representatives. - [Bill Text]

S.61: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Would provide common-sense protections for unborn children at 20 weeks after fertilization, a point at which there is significant scientific evidence that abortion inflicts tremendous pain on the unborn. - [Bill Text]

Free Speech Fairness Act: Although this is not a bill specifically about abortion, it would impact the ability of Clergy and religious leaders to speak about politics from the pulpit in regards to abortion without fear of the IRS.

H.R.243: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. To amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions, and for other purposes.

Senate Bill: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. To close loopholes that allow Title X family planning funds to go to entities that perform abortions, including Planned Parenthood

H.R.380: Abortion Is Not Health Care Act of 2021. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that amounts paid for an abortion are not taken into account for purposes of the deduction for medical expenses.

Senate Bill: Abortion is not Health Care Act. Would end the tax deductibility of abortions and clarify that this gruesome practice is not health care.

Save Moms and Babies Act.To strengthen controls of dangerous chemical abortion drugs. Introduced by U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Congressman Bob Latta (R-Ohio)

Senate Bill: Protecting Life in Health Savings Accounts Act. Would end the preferential tax treatment of abortion in health savings accounts.

Senate Bill: Protecting Life in Foreign Assistance Act. Would ensure that our foreign aid is not funding or promoting abortions overseas.

Women’s Public Health and Safety Act gives states the authority to exclude abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving Medicaid funds.

S.75: Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act would ban a doctor from performing an abortion being sought because the unborn child has Down syndrome - [Bill Text]

General Guidance on Taking Action to Influence Legislation

Go to the National Right to Life Committee website to locate your representatives in Congress, to find out how they have voted, and to contact them!  Or to find details on any legislation pending before Congress, go to http://beta.congress.gov/ where you will find search tools to give you a bill’s text, status, co- sponsors, and other information.  Also, for an update on current pro-life legislation, please visit http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/issues/.  This page will give you guidance from the nation's top pro-life lobbying group, National Right to Life.

Click here for tips on communicating with and visiting your representatives.

To phone your Congressman, dial the House switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask for his or her office.  If you prefer to dial your Representative’s office directly, an alphabetical list of Congressmen and their phone numbers is available at http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/ttd.html.

To e-mail your Congressman, go to https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml, click on your state from the pull-down menu, fill in your zip code, and click on the “Contact My Representative” box. You will be taken to an e-mail form where you can send a message directly to your Congressman.

To phone one of your Senators, dial the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for his or her office. If you prefer to dial your Senator’s office directly, a list of all Senators’ phone numbers is available at www.senate.gov/general/resources/pdf/senators_phone_list.pdf.

To e-mail one of your Senators, go to www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm, find your Senator’s name in the alphabetical list, and click on his or her “Web Form” link. This link will take you to an e-mail form where you can send a message to your Senator.  

Fr. Frank discusses communication with legislators with Capitol Hill activist Connie Marshner

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See our news section for press releases on legislative issues and other pro-life news.

Complete health care reform information including a history of legislative updates

Historical section - Bills introduced in prior sessions of Congress


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