Pro-Life Group ‘Disappointed’ House Delayed Vote on Late-Term Abortion Bill

By Melanie Arter | January 22, 2015 | 10:31am EST

Joanne Schrader holds signs as she gathers with other abortion opponents in the rotunda of the Missouri Capitol Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

( – Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, said Thursday she was “disappointed” that the Republican-controlled House delayed a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, but she was “pleased” that the House will first act on stopping taxpayer funding of abortion.

“We support Majority Leader McCarthy's call for a prompt vote on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act this Congress and we will be working with the House Republican leadership to ensure the maximum number of votes,” said Dannenfelser in a statement.

“We will also be working with the bill’s sponsor Senator Lindsey Graham to continue advancing this measure in the U.S. Senate. Both the House Leadership and Senator Graham have assured us they are not backing down,” she added.

The decision comes the same day as the annual March for Life, the largest pro-life event of the year, which is held on or around the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would ban late-term abortions for unborn babies beginning at 20 weeks gestation or five months pregnant, who are capable of feeling pain. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards called the bill “so dangerous, extreme and unpopular that House Republicans can’t even get their membership lined up behind them.”

Dannenfelser said last year’s midterm elections have “made clear that this Congress has been given a direct mandate to protect unborn children and their mothers from late term abortion, stop taxpayer funding of abortion, and defend conscience rights.”

“There are no issues more urgent for the American people who brought the 114th Congress into being and we look forward to a strong and unprecedented sequence of actions for life,” she added.

According to a November 2014 Quinnipiac poll, 60 percent of Americans – 76 percent of Republicans, 56 percent of independents, and 46 percent of Democrats – support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

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