An Urgent Congressional Action Alert from National Right to Life President Carol Tobias
Help us fight D.C.'s abortion-until-birth policy --
time is short, and we need your help!
Dear Pro-life Friends,
National Right to Life is facing an urgent challenge -- and opportunity -- in Washington, D.C.
In our nation's capital, babies who can feel great pain are being brutally dismembered on a regular basis. We're trying to stop it. But we need your help. Time is very short.
In the District of Columbia, abortion is now legal for any reason, until the very moment of birth. That's because a local body called the "District Council" repealed the entire abortion law. An abortion facility not far from the White House now advertises dismemberment ("D&E") abortions on request, to 26 weeks of pregnancy -- the beginning of the 7th month!
There is a mountain of scientific evidence that 26 weeks is far past the point at which the unborn baby will feel excruciating pain as the abortionist twists off his or her little arms and legs, using a long steel tool called a "Sopher clamp." And abortions in the District may well be occurring even later -- because it is perfectly legal until birth, and no reporting is required.
Since January, National Right to Life has been urging Congress to act to stop the abortion of pain-capable babies in the nation's capital. Yesterday (July 18), the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives finally approved, 18-14, a bill conceived by NRLC, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803). The bill will ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks fetal age, except to save a mother's life.
The bill is now eligible for action by the full House of Representatives. But this must happen fast, or it will not happen at all! And we are encountering fierce opposition. Well-funded pro-abortion groups such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood are mobilizing their resources to defend D.C.'s abortion-until-birth policy. They know that if they can delay the bill for even two weeks, it will die, because only two weeks remain before Congress goes into recess. The bill must pass the House before August 3 to have a chance of consideration by the Senate in September.
The bottom line is this: We have the votes on the House floor to pass this bill -- but it will die without a vote, unless House Leaders disregard the protests of opponents and put the bill on a fast track immediately.
I am asking you to urge your representative in the U.S. House to demand immediate action on H.R. 3803.
Here are four specific things that you can do, in 15 minutes or less, that will help pass this bill:
Telephone the office of your representative in the U.S. House to urge immediate action on this bill. For your guidance, click on this link, which will take you straight to an NRLC Call Alert. Enter your zip code, and you will see the name of your representative, the proper number to call, and short "talking points" to make about the bill to the representative's staffperson. It is easy to do, takes just a few minutes, and will have a real impact. If you want, you can take an additional minute to use a short form to send NRLC a brief email report about how your call went. If the link doesn't work for you, just use your web browser to go to http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/home/
Send an email to your representative in the U.S. House, urging action on the bill. (Please do this in addition to making the phone call.) Click hereto see a suggested message, which you can modify as you see fit. Congressional offices count these incoming emails, but they only count those that come from constituents, so be sure to provide your mailing address. If the link doesn't work for you, just use your web browser to go to http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/home/
Forward this alert to like-minded friends and family members. Tell them that in Washington, D.C., their nation's capital, abortion is currently legal for any reason until the moment of birth -- and babies are being brutally dismembered far past the point that they are capable of experiencing excruciating pain. The House needs to pass H.R. 3803, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks, unless the mother's life is in danger. For much more information on this issue, click here.
Use the "Donate" button below to support NRLC's intense efforts on behalf of this legislation, which have been highlighted in recent media reports. But NRLC is being badly outspent by well-funded pro-abortion advocacy organizations. To counter their efforts, we need the support of pro-life Americans like you.
Unborn children have no voice -- but their pain is real. You and I must be their voice. Please act now. And please urge others to do the same.