Today, the pro-life movement won a small victory. HR 1797 The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the House of Representatives.
The vote mostly followed party lines. But 6 republicans noted nay against the bill. 6 democrats, however, voted yea. To them, I say thank you.
The final tally was 228 yeas and 196 nays.
See the full roll call here and see how your rep voted.
This was a small step. The bill must still go to the senate. And to the president, who has threatened to veto it. The veto can be overturned however, if there is a 2/3 majority in both houses. The house has just over 30 more republicans than democrats but the senate is controlled by the democrats.
Still, we must go on fighting.
As I watched the live streaming from inside the chamber, I saw attempt after attempt to derail this bill. Nancy Pelosi asked if her colleague ever wondered what people think when they tune into C-Span to see the debates going on at the House. This bill, she argued, wasn’t important. There was jobs and the economy and other more important things to debate, apparently. This bill was futile.
I guess she way saying that because of Obama’s threat to veto it should it make its way to his desk. But you know what? As long as there’s a snowball’s chance in Haiti that it will pass, we have to keep fighting for the lives of our unborn brothers and sisters. And even if there is no chance we can not sit by and be quite. We will not sit down and shut up. Because this is important. This is lives on the line. Human lives. #Theyfeelpain!
Even if this bill never becomes law, if it changes the heart and mind of one woman faced with the decision of abortion, then I think this debate was well worth it. It is the lives and souls of others that we are fighting for. If we can save just one, then we have done something great. Isn’t a human life worth more than a debate about jobs or the economy, Ms. Pelosi?
Until the other side believes in what we are fighting for, they can not understand our stubbornness, our zeal, or our commitment.
This was a step in the right direction. But there’s still a long way to go if we’re to see this bill become law.
The senate is up next.
*#theyfeelpain image courtesy jillstanek.com