One of the greatest blows to the pro-life movement just came at the hands of two morally indecent Republican women. A disgraceful charge against one of the best pieces of legislation, the HR 36 Bill, designed to protect life and ban abortions after 20 weeks under the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, was led by liberal Republicans Renee Elmers (R-N.C.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.).
These shameful Republican women led other female GOP members in a coalition against the bill based on the language that for rapes to qualify for an abortion after 20 weeks they had to have been reported. A gigantic feat, that if it had been passed, would have been a major pro-life achievement- something that as been cooking for a very long time. We know now thanks to science that babies in utero feel pain at 20 weeks and respond to touch much, much earlier. Which is why during fetal surgeries doctors are now required to provide anesthesia to not just the mother– but even to the baby.
20 weeks…a baby that is fully formed and in just a few more weeks has up to a 90% survival rate.
In what I consider the most abominable cave by Republican leadership the bill has been shelved because these women didn’t like some of the nuances of the protective language for our unborn babies and will most likely be replaced by a watered down version of the bill that holds none of the power of the original bill. Expect a neutered version in the form “abortion is bad and we don”t want to pay for it with our tax dollars-but don’t expect us to stand for life in any meaningful way.”
These reprehensible women, Renee Ellmers and Jackie Walorski, have stated by withdrawing their support of this bill that the pain a baby conceived in rape goes through, by the removal of their limbs and brains being suctioned out by a vacuum, simply doesn’t matter. Their pain at 20 weeks of life is irrelevant as compared to a baby conceived outside of rape. If this group of women can’t at the very least stand for our most basic human right, life- what CAN they stand for? This boils down to the most basic form of human decency.
Female GOP leaders have a responsibility to tuck their skirts in and lead specifically on abortion issues whenever the opportunities arise. It’s vital that the women in our leadership lead this charge in life and that the men stand firmly behind them. Men have been told by the shrieking extremists on the left that they have no business discussing matters of life and abortion. Although men on their side are, of course, allowed to speak. So it up to the women in leadership to counter that voice with strength.
And where are our strong pro-life men who are supposed to have the backbone to engage in this very worthwhile battle – even though it is the republican women on the wrong side of this issue? It’s time to step up your game, guys. Leaders lead. Man up, put your big boy pants on and call out the other House members responsible for this travesty.
At the midnight hour last night, after leading the charge against bill and knowing it was already defeated because leadership didn’t even bother to whip the bill, Ellmers left a statement on her Facebook page as a weasly way to protect herself from her own actions. She is also suddenly posting ridiculous memes on her twitter account professing “love for life.”
To clear up any misinformation, I will be voting tomorrow to support H.R. 36 – The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protect Act Resources bill. I have and will continue to be a strong defender of the prolife community.
The big question is…what other Congresswomen did they have in this coalition? It’s hard to say. I’ve reached out to the offices of most of the press secretaries of the female GOP House members this morning and many clearly didn’t want to discuss the issue- while the rest were “unavailable to comment.” Here is the list of no comments and no responses that had a big question mark over their head and if you would like to call their offices and let them know how you feel about this betrayal of LIFE and ask if they supported the original rape report language of the bill or if they stood with Renee Ellmers, feel free to do so as I will include the contact info as well.
And maybe…just maybe…we should hand off the new Abortion Barbie title to Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. If the shoe fits….
Renee Ellmers 202-225-4531
Jackie Walorski 202-225-3915
Jaime Herrera Beutler 202-225-3536
Mia Love 202-225-3011
Diane Black 202-225-4231
Susan Brooks 202-225-2276
Kay Granger 202-225-5071
Vicky Hartzler 202-225-2876 (Her press secretary refused to comment on whether she supported the original language but conceded that if the bill were to come to the floor she would vote for it. Same cop out language used by Renee Ellmers.)
Lynn Jenkins 202-225-6601
Cynthia Lummis 202-225-2311
Martha Roby 202-225-2901
Lleana Ros-Lehtimer 202-225-3931
Ann Wagner 202-225-1621
Elisa Stefanik 202-225-4611
Candace Miller 202-225-2106
Kristi Noem 202-225-5823