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DATE: September 21, 2015

Action Requested: Support HR 3134 – Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015

HR 3134 prohibits the availability of federal funds to Planned Parenthood for one year. This bill passed the House and is going to the Senate. Contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

Background: This bill is the result of a public outcry following the release of the videos documenting Planned Parenthood’s selling of infant body parts of aborted infants, which is clearly outlawed in federal statute. The graphic videos document Planned Parenthood administrators, doctors and lab technicians discussing and showing the process of harvesting baby body parts for profit.

Action Requested: Support HR 3504 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

HR 3504 amends the federal criminal code to require any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to 1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and 2) ensure that such child is immediately admitted to the hospital. This bill passed the House and is going to the Senate. Contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. 

Background: A health care practitioner or other employee who has knowledge of a failure to comply with these requirements must immediately report such failure to an appropriate law enforcement agency. An individual who commits an overt act that kills a child born alive is subject to criminal prosecution for murder.

The act bars the criminal prosecution of a mother of a child born alive for conspiracy to violate the provisions of this Act, for being an accessory after the fact, or for concealment of a felony. A woman who undergoes an abortion or attempted abortion may file a civil action for damages against an individual who violates this Act.

Action Requested: Support S 1553 – Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

S 1553 prohibits the performance of an abortion once an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain (generally thought to occur at 20 weeks or older). While the bill does allow for some exceptions that are not in keeping with Catholic doctrine, it is a step in the right direction in prohibiting the termination of a human life. Contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators and urge them to vote in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Background: This bill has been sent to the Judiciary Committee, so it is still quite early in the process.

Reminder: Make contact as an individual citizen using your name and address – not as a member of Catholic Daughters.

Approved: Shirley Seyfried, National Regent