WASHINGTON, DC — On May 7 activist leaders of 11 local and national pro-life groups will hold a second protest at House Speaker John Boehner’s office, when they will present him with a life-size model of a 20-week-old African-American preborn baby – a physical reminder of the babies whose lives hang in the balance while the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act languishes in Congress.
This protest follows one held at the Speaker’s office on March 25, in which eight pro-life activists were arrested for peacefully kneeling in front of his office.
Now, at the three-month mark following the Republican House Leadership’s cancellation of their promised vote on the 20-week abortion ban, leaders of pro-life activist groups stand united with leaders of national pro-life policy groups to urge a rescheduled vote.
Yesterday, those policy groups released a joint statement (sba-list.org/newsroom/press-releases/pro-life-leaders-call-vote-5-month-abortion-limit) urging passage of this bill, which, as they noted, “protects women and their unborn children after 20 weeks, or 5 months of pregnancy, from painful and dangerous late-term abortions. It is a simple, compassionate proposal supported by a large majority of Americans, including women and young people.”
Our protest will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 12:00 P.M. at the Longworth House Office building.
Activists will hold a news conference outside of Longworth and then move to Speaker Boehner’s office at 1011 Longworth.
The pro-life groups plan to show pictures of abortion victims and fetal models of children aged 20 weeks. The groups include:
- CEC For Life
- Christian Defense Coalition
- Citizens for a Pro-Life Society
- Defend Life
- Issues4Life Foundation
- Operation Rescue
- Maryland Coalition for Life
- Pro-Life Action League
- Pro-Life Action Ministries
- Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust
“I am the husband of a wonderful wife who is a product of rape and the proud father of a son born less than six months gestation, whom I held in my right hand when he weighed a mere 1.9 pounds. There is no way I will support legislation that includes an exception for rape and fails to end abortion in the United States after 20 weeks.” — Walter Hoye, Director of Issues 4 Life Foundation
“Representative Renee Ellmers and Speaker Boehner both need to know pro-life citizens are not going to sit silent at such irresponsible attempts to derail this bill.” — Fr. Terry Gensemer, Director of CEC for Life
“The urgency of insisting on the passage of this bill is that the barbaric practice of torturously dismembering those capable of feeling pain must come to an end. Our representatives must speak up and vote against this practice in order to remain relevant.” — Brian Gibson, Director of Pro-Life Action Ministries
For more information or interviews contact:
Rev. Patrick Mahoney: 540.538.4741
Jill Stanek: 815.274.2744
Troy Newman: 316.841.1700
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