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Head of U.S. Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities urges Senate to pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

by | Jun 17, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, the Archbishop of Boston

Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston

Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has written the United States Senate and urged support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Pro-life Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced S. 1553 on June 11.

Cardinal O’Malley’s letter, dated June 16, outlined the Catholic Church’s historic opposition to abortion and offered reasons why the Senate should pass the measure which has already received House approval on a vote of 242-184.

“For all these reasons,” he wrote, “the proposed ban on abortions at 20 weeks after fertilization is a place to begin uniting Americans who see themselves as ‘pro-life’ and as ‘pro-choice.’ On behalf of our country and the children whose lives are at stake, I urge you to support the common-sense reform offered by S. 1553 and to oppose all weakening amendments.”

As NRLC has noted many times, this bill has widespread popular support.

In a nationwide poll of 1,623 registered voters in November 2014, The Quinnipiac University Poll found that 60% would support a law such as the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, while only 33% opposed such legislation. Women voters split 59-35% in support of such a law, while independent voters supported it by 56-36%.

Categories: Legislation