WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said this morning that Republican Whip Steve Scalise and pro-life House stalwarts Rep. Ann Wagner, R-MO, and Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, have announced a hearing on H.R. 962, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in room HVC-215 in the Capitol Visitors Center.
Key leaders of the Priests for Life pastoral team, including Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morana (Executive Director), Fr. Denis G. Wilde, OSA (Associate Director), Alveda King and Kevin Burke will be among those present.
Witnesses who will testify at the hearing, titled “End Infanticide: Examining the Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” will be Jill Stanek, who, while working as a nurse in Chicago, found a baby born alive after abortion and left alone to die; neonatologist Dr. Robin Pierucci; former abortion practitioner Dr. Kathi Aultman, and Tessa Longbons, a research associate at the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
“The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has refused to bring this bill up for a vote, despite Republican members requesting a vote some 80 times on the House floor,” Father Pavone said. “A separate discharge petition that would allow a vote needs just 17 signatures from Democrats courageous enough to go on the record as opposing infanticide.”
In an effort to garner support from Democratic members of the House, Priests for Life has organized a lobbying effort on the morning of Sept. 10.
“We will visit House members – some of whom have agreed to meet with us – to ask them to sign the discharge petition,” Father Pavone said. “They don’t even have to vote for the bill, all they have to do is sign the petition so the House can vote on the bill. It’s a very simple thing we’re asking. The vast majority of Americans support a bill to save babies who survive abortion. And despite the pro-abortion lobby’s insistence that this doesn’t happen, it is a matter of public record that it does.”
Pro-lifers interested in joining the lobbying effort are invited to get in touch with Priests for Life at Mail@PriestsForLife.org.
Priests for Life is the world’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated exclusively to ending abortion. For more information, visit www.EndAbortion.US.