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 Pending in the Current (116th) Congress

Please note that bills are listed in numerical order by their House numbers. When there are identical House and Senate bills introduced, they are listed together. If there is no House counterpart to a Senate bill, the Senate bill is listed separately.

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

H.R. 956: Saving Children Act

S. 1035: Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act of 2019

H.R. 962: The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

S. 311: The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

During the week of February 24, 2020, the U.S. Senate will be deciding whether or not to vote on S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

If 60 senators vote in favor of ending debate on this bill – called cloture - then a vote on the bill 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 this pro-life bill.

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.

S. 3275: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

During the week of February 24, 2020, the U.S. Senate will be deciding whether or not to vote on S. 3275, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

If 60 senators vote in favor of ending debate on this bill – called cloture - then a vote on the bill 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 this pro-life bill.

Fact sheet on fetal pain from the Charlotte Lozier Institute

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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