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Daily Action: Tell House To Stop Wasting Time On Abortion Limits


CONTACT: 
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to express my outrage that, in the middle of Congress' refusal to do its job on gun violence, hurricane relief or even healthcare for children, Republicans have decided to take up a pointless and unconstitutional abortion ban today. The "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" is based on junk science and far-right ideology, and has no chance of getting through the Senate anyway. Why doesn't the House do something constructive for the people of this country, instead? Thank you!


BACKGROUND
The "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" comes up for a vote in the House today. The bill would make it a crime to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with a hefty fine and/or a 5-year prison term as punishment. The bill shows once again that Republicans have disturbingly misplaced priorities. They've ignored their duty to provide relief to American citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria, and they've allowed the Children's Health Insurance Program to expire without a vote last weekend. After the worst episode of gun violence in our nation's history, they have no plans to consider measures that would curb the ability of individuals who shouldn't own even one firearm to stockpile an arsenal ... including automatic weapons. But today they plan to reaffirm where their loyalties truly lie: with the far-right evangelicals who care more about protecting fetuses than about Americans who have left the womb.

House Republicans passed an identical bill in 2015, but it failed to overcome a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. The exact same fate awaits this year's edition. Yet the Trump administration made a point of stating last night that it "strongly supports" the bill, and "applauds the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections."