FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate is set to vote today (Tuesday) on cloture for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, banning abortion after 20-week. Democrats For Life of America is urging a vote to support women and their families in all stages of life.
“We urge all Democrats to support cloture on the 20-week ban protect pre-born children and to allow an important discussion on providing additional support for pregnant women,” said Kristen Day, DFLA’s executive director.
The ban restricts abortions after 20 weeks, while allowing for exceptions for victims of rape or incest, or where the life of the mother is at stake. Day said this measure, if adopted, will effectively end abortion at around the same time doctors consider most infants viable outside the womb.
“A 20-week ban is reasonable. By medical definition, the bill actually prohibits abortion after 22 weeks, which is even closer to the accepted measure of fetal viability, 24 weeks,” she said. “Today, certain hospitals are doing everything they can to save 22-week-old pre-born infants. At the same time, abortion clinics are taking the lives of clearly viable pre-born infants.”
Stopping abortion isn’t enough, though, and DFLA stands with other pro-life Democrats in calling for real help for women. Sen. Robert Casey, Jr., D-Pennsylvania, introduced an important amendment to the ban that would increase funding for the Pregnancy Assistance Fund. Casey’s amendment would provide an additional $350 million in support for this program in the coming years.
“As a pro-life Democrat, I believe the role of government is to protect, enrich and value all life for every person at every moment from beginning to end,” he said.
Casey’s amendment would fund a program that devotes resources to support pregnant and parenting teens and young women. It’s a step in the right direction, according to Day, but more can and should be done.
“Senator Casey’s Amendment is a great start, but we should also discuss paid medical leave and other supportive measures to help women choose life instead of abortion,” she said.
DFLA is strongly behind expanded family leave, allowing women real choices when it comes to the most important issues in their lives. Democrats For Life of America joins Casey in calling for greater help for women and their families.
“Life extends beyond the womb, and we owe pregnant women and their children the support they need to live full, productive lives,” Casey said.