Posts Tagged ‘Douglas Johnson’


June 18th, 2013 No comments


WASHINGTON (June 18, 2013) — The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives today passed landmark legislation to provide nationwide protection for unborn children who are capable of feeling pain, beginning at 20 weeks fetal age (equivalent to “22 weeks of pregnancy”), the beginning of the sixth month.

The legislation, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797), is based on model legislation developed by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations. The bill passed by a vote of 228-196, with six House members crossing party lines in each direction.

“This legislation reflects the views of the overwhelming majority of both men and women,” said NRLC President Carol Tobias. “The Obama White House, and all but a handful of House Democrats, fought for essentially unlimited abortion in the sixth month or later, despite growing public awareness of the violence perpetrated by late-term abortionists such as Kermit Gosnell and the pain they inflict on unborn babies.” Read more…

ACTION ALERT: Urge the U.S. Senate to Protect Religious Freedom Next Week

February 22nd, 2012 No comments

Urge the U.S. Senate to protect religious freedom next week!
Call Now — U.S. senators to vote next week on pro-life Blunt Amendment! 

Take Action!

WASHINGTON — Phone calls to U.S. senators are urgently needed in support of a vital pro-life amendment that is likely to be voted on around February 28, or within a few days thereafter.  Please click on the “Take Action” link above, then enter your zip code in the “Call Now” box, and you will be shown the correct numbers to call and suggested points to make during your call.

The amendment has been offered by pro-life Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and is strongly supported by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).  The text of the Blunt Amendment is taken from an NRLC-endorsed bill, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (S. 1467, H.R. 1179).  It would amend the Obama health care law (“ObamaCare”) to prevent the imposition of regulatory mandates that violate the religious or moral convictions of those who purchase or provide health insurance, such as the recent decree that virtually all employers — including religiously affiliated hospitals and schools — must purchase health insurance plans that cover all government-approved methods of birth control.

When President Obama’s health care legislation was under consideration in the Senate in 2009, NRLC warned that a provision dealing with “preventive health services” would empower the Secretary of Health and Human Services to mandate coverage of any medical service, including abortion, merely by adding the service to an expandable list.  Predictably, the Administration issued a decree in August, 2011, covering all FDA-approved birth control methods – a mandate that, unless overturned, will produce an irreconcilable conflict between conscience and the coercive force of government for many employers.  In recent months, the Administration’s “birth-control mandate” has been strongly characterized as an attack on fundamental religious liberties by the U.S. Catholic bishops, the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and the leaders of many other religious bodies.

But this is not a debate only about the specific parameters of the birth-control mandate.  Exactly the same statutory authority could be used by the Administration — as early as next year — to mandate that virtually all health plans pay for elective abortion on demand.

The Blunt Amendment goes to the heart of the problem by amending the ObamaCare law itself, to prevent provisions of the law from being used as a basis for regulatory mandates that violate the religious or moral convictions of those who purchase or provide health insurance.


Please click on the “Take Action” link above.  Enter your zip code in the “Call Now” box, and you will be shown the correct phone numbers to call for your two U.S. senators.  You will be shown suggested comments that you can make to the staff person who takes the call.  You’ll also be invited to use the simple “Your Feedback” tool to send NRLC a short email, reporting on how your call went, if you wish to do so.

To view a letter sent by NRLC to senators, which provides more details on this issue, click here.  To view additional information regarding the Obama Administration’s attacks on pro-life health care providers, click here.

NRLC Letter to U.S. Senate Urges Cosponsorship of District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.2103)

February 14th, 2012 No comments


February 14, 2012
                                                       RE: The District of Columbia Pain-Capable
                                                       Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2103)

Dear Senator:

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nationwide federation of state right-to-life organizations, urges you to cosponsor the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2103).

This vital legislation, which is a top priority for NRLC during 2012, was introduced on February 13 by Senator Mike Lee. (The House companion bill, H.R. 3803, was introduced on January 23 by Congressman Trent Franks.) The bill contains legislative findings and operative language very similar to bills already enacted in five states during 2010 and 2011: Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Alabama. None of these laws have faced any serious legal challenge to date.

Like those state laws, S. 2103 contains findings of fact regarding the medical evidence that unborn children experience pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization (which is 22 weeks in the “LMP” system, or about the start of the sixth month), and prohibits abortion after that point, except when an acute physical condition endangers the life of the mother.

Some of the extensive evidence that unborn children have the capacity to experience pain, at least by 20 weeks, is available on the NRLC website at

Additional state legislatures will be taking up similar legislation during the months ahead. However, there is one substantial jurisdiction over which the U.S. Constitution places legislative responsibility solely on the shoulders of the Congress: The District of Columbia. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution dictates unequivocally that Congress shall “exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District . . .”

Currently, in our nation’s capital, unborn children may legally be killed at any point up to birth, for any reason. Abortions are advertised, and performed, in the sixth month and later. This means that unborn children who are capable of experiencing excruciating pain are killed every day – most often, by a method in which arms and legs are twisted off by brute manual force, as the abortionist guides his forceps using an ultrasound image. A medical illustration of this common method (“D&E”) is posted here.

Another advertised method, in the seventh month and later, involves thrusting a needle into the unborn child’s heart and injecting a lethal substance.

Under the Constitution, only the Congress – and, if he would, the President – have the responsibility for putting an end to these brutal practices. The National Right to Life Committee urges you to join the campaign to protect pain-capable unborn children in the nation’s capital, by adding your name as a cosponsor of S. 2103 (, and by working for its expeditious enactment.

Douglas Johnson
Legislative Director
National Right to Life Committee (NRLC)