Last week the House of Representatives decided to drop plans to vote on H.R. 36 named the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” that would make most abortions illegal after 20 weeks. My Congressman, Jackie Walorski (R-IN2) played a key role in this decision. This quote from the Washington Post:
But Republican leaders dropped those plans after failing to win over a bloc of lawmakers, led by Reps. Rene Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), who had raised concerns.
I expressed my extreme displeasure with this decision and you can see the response I recieved below. But first I would like to address her expressed concern that “I met with House Leadership to urge them to clarify the language regarding the rape reporting requirement because this provision could possibly be misunderstood in legal situations.” My response to her is I don’t care, for those that might be challenged by math 20 weeks is 5 months, if after that time a pregnant lady might change her mind, too bad, it’s not about you it’s about the baby that you’re carrying. Other than a woman’s serious and verified health threat I feel that all abortions should now be made illegal.
Feel free to disagree.
January 30, 2015
Mr. Mark Watkins
3576 Generations Drive
South Bend, IN 46635-1559
Dear Mr. Watkins:
Thank you for contacting me in regards to H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important issue.
As you may know, H.R. 36 was introduced by Representative Trent Franks on January 6, 2015. This bill would prevent an abortion from being performed at 20 weeks (5 months) or longer. However, there are three exemptions allowing for an abortion, which include saving the life of the mother, and cases of rape and incest. In cases of rape, the woman would of had to reported the rape to law enforcement in order to qualify for an exemption.
Let me be clear, I did not vote against the bill and did not oppose the bill being brought to the floor for a vote. The media and many outside organizations mischaracterized my removal as a cosponsor as me trying to block the bill, this narrative is inaccurate. After cosponsoring the bill, I met with House Leadership to urge them to clarify the language regarding the rape reporting requirement because this provision could possibly be misunderstood in legal situations. In addition, the rape reporting requirement could be in conflict with the work I have done with Military Sexual Trauma (MST), which implemented a process for the reporting of rape in order to receive treatment from the VA. Again, if the bill had come to the floor or comes to the floor again in its current form, I will be voting yes, just like I have voted with any other piece of pro-life legislation.
In the meantime, I supported a bill that would prohibit any taxpayer funds from being used towards abortion procedures. For years now, pro-life Americans have been forced to watch as their tax-dollars subsidize abortion procedures that they are morally opposed to. H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion legislation prohibits taxpayer funding of elective abortions, no matter where in the federal system these may occur.
I believe that all human life is good and worth protecting —that every human being has a right to live. We need to also ensure that women facing unwanted pregnancies do not face judgment or condemnation, but have positive support structures and access to health care to help them through their pregnancies. Thank you again for contacting me.
Member of Congress
Indiana Second District