A House Republican is asking fellow Congressional members to support a bill that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of gestation and separate legislation to help families as they raise children.
The pro-life advocacy group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life American held a press conference at the National Press Club earlier this week just before the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down Roe v. Wade, The Christian Post reports.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said at the press conference that the ruling provided “a historic opportunity to continue to strengthen the culture of life in America.”
She said the Supreme Court decision had sparked debate about the pro-life movement and spurred attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers and churches.
“The vast majority of Americans involved in this important conversation continue to conduct themselves in a respectful, meaningful manner that advances the dialogue,” she said.
Stefanik also talked about possible legislation that would support the pro-life movement.
The first example she cited, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, provides healthcare for babies who survive abortion procedures.
“210 House Democrats alarmingly voted against this bill,” she said. “The extreme Democrat position of today is to oppose protecting children who are born alive, refuse to provide access to any medical care and leave babies to die after their first miraculous breaths outside the womb.”
Stefanik also pushed back on the idea that the pro-life movement does not care about babies after they are born.
“The life movement deeply understands that we must support and lift up mothers and families, and it is why the life movement must continue to advocate for the value and dignity of all Americans throughout their lives, and we can do that by focusing on the evident needs of new mothers and fathers,” Stefanik said.
She mentioned the After Hours Childcare Act, which would provide federal funding to eligible entities that enter into contracts with childcare providers to help parents who work outside traditional work hours.
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