It is our goal to support our adoptive families and birthmothers not only during the adoption process but afterward. But adoption is linked closely to the issue of abortion, as those are two of the three options presented to most birthmothers. We also track closely important events in the legal standing of and discussion of abortion. The November election made changes in the power in Congress and it’s leadership, which in turn offers opportunity for the passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just took control of the Senate, and one of his top priorities will be passing the 20-week abortion ban, which has already been passed in the House of Representatives. At New Beginnings, abortion breaks our heart. We can not and do not support abortion. However, the current law allows abortion up to 22 weeks. This ban would at least eliminate some of the later term abortions.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act amends the federal criminal code to prohibit any person from performing or attempting to perform an abortion except in conformity with this Act’s requirements. The Act’s requires a physician to determine the post-fertilization age of the child. The act prohibits abortions after 20 weeks with the exclusions of 1) when the life of the mother is in danger and 2) when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest against a minor. Any people who violate this act are subject to fines or imprisonment under 5 years.
This act passed the House of Representatives almost two years ago. (View the list of cosponsors of this Act.) We ask you to pray about this vote and contact your Senator to ask them to support Sen. McConnell’s bill. You may call the Senate switchboard and ask for your Senator’s office at 202-224-3121.
Because we are located in Mississippi and many of our followers are from Mississippi, we’ve listed those Senator’s contact information below:
Senator Thad Cochran
Washington D.C. Office: 202-224-5054
Jackson, MS Office: 601-965-6459
Senator Roger Wicker
Washington D.C. Office: 202-224-6253
Jackson, MS Office: 601-965-4644
Tupelo, MS Office: 662-844-5010