On Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 242-184, mostly along party lines, to ban abortion past 20-weeks. This bill contains exceptions for rape and incest, so long as the woman receives counseling 48 hours prior to the abortion.
Although the bill was an issue of abortion rather than religion, members of Congress brought up faith.
During Wednesday's floor debate, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) mentioned that "In addition, 15 religious organizations noted in a letter to members of Congress opposing nearly identical legislation in the last Congress that, quote, the decision to end a pregnancy is best left to a woman in consultation with her family, her doctor, and her faith. End quotation." more >>
The Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives voted 242-184 Wednesday to pass a bill that will ban most late term abortions after 20 weeks gestation, fulfilling a campaign promise to the pro-life movement.
Lawmakers held the vote for H.R. 36, the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" on the second anniversary of the conviction of late-term Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. The bill would ban abortions after five months of pregnancy, with exceptions for rape and incest if the woman receives counseling 48 hours prior to having an abortion.
Introduced by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., in January, members of the House were expected to vote on the bill on Jan. 22, which was the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. more >>
United Nations experts said Monday that a controversial decision by Paraguayan authorities to not perform an abortion on a 10-year-old girl who's now six months pregnant after being repeatedly raped by her stepfather has placed the unidentified child in grave danger, but local officials contend that allowing the abortion could claim her life as well.
"The Paraguayan authorities' decision results in grave violations of the rights to life, to health, and to physical and mental integrity of the girl as well as her right to education, jeopardizing her economic and social opportunities," four U.N. Special Procedures' experts of the Human Rights Council warned Monday.
"Despite requests made by the girl's mother and medical experts to terminate this pregnancy which puts the girl's life at risk, the State failed to take measures to protect the health as well as the physical and mental integrity and even the life of the 10-year-old girl," they continued. "No proper interdisciplinary and independent expert assessment with the aim to insure the girl's best interests was done before overturning life-saving treatments, including abortion." more >>
Two years ago on May 13th, late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of first degree murder in the deaths of three infants and involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar, a young woman he butchered during an abortion. While he was convicted on only four counts, hundreds of similar incidents were reported. He was also convicted of twenty-one felony counts of illegal late-term abortion beyond Pennsylvania's twenty–four week abortion limit.
Gosnell "specialized" in killing late-term infants. He induced labor, delivered them alive, and killed them by snipping their spinal cords with scissors. One of his staff, Sherry West, reported that she heard a baby scream. Another worker, Lynda Williams, saw a baby jump and lift his arm as she snipped his neck and testified that she witnessed Gosnell snip the necks of at least 30 babies. Other employees said they saw about 100 babies born alive and dealt the same cruel fate. Among the dead was Mongar's 19-week old baby.
Were these babies able to feel pain? Without dispute. more >>
When David and Becky Sherwood of St. Louis, Missouri talk about the value of life, it is not theoretical. Their daughter, born at just 26 weeks gestation, has been a precious gift – yet it has not been an easy road.
Becky is also my sister; in walking with her as she takes on each challenge, I have gained a deeper appreciation for the value of life.
As Congress considers a bill today that (when enacted) will save thousands of pre-born lives, Becky recounts how her beautiful micro-preemie baby girl came into the world… and the struggles she's overcome in her life so far. more >>
Paraguay's Health Minister Antonio Barrios has said that an impregnated 10-year-old girl will not be granted the abortion her mother is seeking, despite pressure from human rights groups to allow the procedure in this case. A leading Catholic clergyman has meanwhile said that the controversial case is "dividing the country in two."
"The pregnancy will not be interrupted," Barrios affirmed, according to AFP. "We've already completely ruled out abortion."
The girl's mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, initially brought the girl to a public health clinic back in April, believing she had a tumor, but the clinic affirmed that the girl is six months pregnant. The mother has been charged by authorities as an accomplice in her daughter's rape, and has been placed under arrest. more >>