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Discriminatory H.R. 36 Not a Victory for Babies and the Pro-Life Movement

Washington, DC—The passing of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is no victory for the pro-life movement, explained Judie Brown, president of American Life League, in a commentary issued today.

She also challenged pro-life leaders to protect all innocent preborn human life by pushing for corrected language in the bill as it moves to the Senate and to voice their support for H.R. 816, the Life at Conception Act.

“H.R. 36 does not protect all babies who feel pain—just some of them,” Brown stated, referencing exceptions in the bill that allow for abortionists to directly kill pain-capable babies conceived from rape, incest, and in cases where the life of the mother is in danger. Brown added that calling this bill a “ban” is a deceptive tactic as the bill discriminates against some babies in the name of political expediency. “Millions of faithful grassroots pro-lifers across the country are being deceived into believing that a bill that only protects some babies some of the time is to be celebrated as a pro-life victory.”

Brown challenged pro-life leaders to put aside political expediency and support H.R. 816:

“The positions of the politically-oriented pro-life groups on H.R. 36 would be much more plausible if the message they were giving to their supporters was to tell Congress to pass H.R. 36 this week and then, next week, pass H.R. 816 declaring that ‘that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in . . . each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.’ But they NEVER talk about that bill.”

American Life League urges its supporters to voice their concerns with the language of H.R.36 and to ask their members of Congress to put H.R. 816 on the agenda.

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