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National Right to Life Congratulates New Members of Congress and Signing of Discharge Petition

May 19, 2020 | 2020 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, National Right to Life-endorsed Mike Garcia (R-Calif.) and Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.) were sworn in as new members of Congress.

“We congratulate Representatives Mike Garcia and Tom Tiffany,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “We look forward to working with both members to protect the most vulnerable members of the human family – unborn children, the medically dependent, and persons with disabilities, whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia.”

National Right to Life supported both pro-life Republicans who each faced pro-abortion Democrats in their respective races. Both Rep. Garcia and Rep. Tiffany oppose abortion on demand and oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. In each race, the pro-abortion Democrat supported a policy of abortion on demand.

Both members immediately honored their commitment to the right to life by signing the discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The discharge petition requires 218 signatures to bypass the committee process and send the bill to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote. There are now 205 signatures on the discharge petition (Rep. Tiffany’s signature replaced former Rep. Sean Duffy’s signature).

“We thank these new members for their support of the discharge petition,” said Tobias. “This vital legislation languishes in committee because pro-abortion Democrat leadership refuses to bring the bill to the floor of the House for a vote. The signatures of Representatives Garcia and Tiffany bring us one step closer to protecting innocent newborn babies whose lives are threatened because of the circumstances of their birth.”

Representative Mike Garcia, a former Navy pilot, won a special election in California to replace pro-abortion Democrat Katie Hill. Representative Tom Tiffany, a state Senator, replaced pro-life Congressman Sean Duffy, who resigned last fall to help care for his newborn daughter.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.