Petition Drive Launched to Urge Donnelly’s Support of Pain-Capable Unborn Children

December 10, 2013

Legislation Would Protect Unborn Children at 20 Weeks from Abortion

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Indiana Right to Life and the student-focused Friends for Life initiative launched a petition drive to collect signatures urging Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) to cosponsor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. Senate and encourage Senate leadership to allow a vote on the legislation.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was introduced November 7 by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). It currently boasts the support of 40 cosponsors, including Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN). The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act enacts nationwide protection for unborn children capable of feeling pain, beginning at 20 weeks fetal age. The House of Representatives passed companion legislation in June (228-196) with the support of all Indiana Republican representatives.

The petition urges Sen. Donnelly to cosponsor the bill and to urge Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the legislation up for a vote. The petition text reads, “Senator Donnelly: I encourage you to join Senator Dan Coats in cosponsoring S.1670, the Pain-Capable Unborn Children Protection Act. This important legislation will enact nationwide protections for unborn children beginning at 20 weeks. This bill is companion legislation for a bill that passed the House of Representatives earlier this year with the support of 228 Members of Congress, including all the Republican members of the Indiana delegation. Please show your support by adding your name as a cosponsor now and encouraging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring this legislation to the Senate floor for a vote.”

The petition is available for Sen. Donnelly’s constituents to sign electronically at Petition signers can also download a petition at that site.

Indiana Right to Life is sending all petitions collected by January 17, 2014 with the Friends for Life student group traveling to Washington, D.C. for the 40th annual March for Life. The Friends for Life bus will leave on January 20, 2014 with approximately 55 high school students and chaperones. While in D.C., the students will meet with a representative in Sen. Donnelly’s office to hand-deliver the petitions.

“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is important legislation that would protect precious unborn life in our country,” stated Grace Lagemann, of Fort Wayne, Ind., high school junior and Petition Project Leader for Friends for Life. “Often abortions on pain-capable unborn children are done through dismemberment (‘D&E’) abortions where the baby’s arms and legs are removed one at a time, usually with a clamping tool. Medical science shows us babies in the womb feel pain, yet this barbaric procedure is allowed to continue. I urge my generation to join us in signing petitions to Sen. Donnelly to end this horrible practice through federal legislation.”

“We urge all Hoosiers to sign this important petition to Sen. Donnelly,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Sen. Donnelly has touted himself as pro-life so we would like to see him step up to the plate for unborn pain capable children and cosponsor this legislation immediately.”

Friends for Life, an initiative of Allen County Right to Life, equips high school and college students through camps, trainings and events across the state with the tools to engage the culture of death by intelligently discussing the pro-life position in a positive and winsome manner.

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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