Crosstalk: February 28, 2019
Brad Mattes is the president and CEO of Life Issues Institute, the pro-life grassroots partner of the Susan B. Anthony List Education Fund headquartered in Cincinnati. Life Issues Institute was co-founded by pro-life pioneer Dr. John Wilke and Brad in 1991 to serve the educational needs of the pro-life movement. Brad has been a voice for life for over four decades.
Discussion began with the Born Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act (S-311 and HR-962). According to Brad, this was unanimously passed a few years back by the Senate. Unfortunately there was no provisions for enforcement. The House and Senate are trying to go back and add that.
For babies that survive a late-term abortion, this legislation would require that the abortionist have certain people and equipment available in order to provide basic medical care for that child.
Passage was tried on a voice vote in the Senate and that failed. Then it went to a roll call vote. 60 votes were needed yet this past Monday, 44 Senators opposed it, giving their blessing to the continued killing of babies who survive late term abortions. All but 3 Senate Democrats voted against it.
In the House, Brad feels the pro-life leadership has really come forward on this issue, just as President Trump has made this a focal point of his ‘bully-pulpit.’ Every legislative day they’re requesting that unanimous consideration be given for passing this law. This law has been blocked 8 times in the House, although Jim indicated that certain House members are looking to force a vote through a discharge petition by getting 218 signatures.
This broadcast is packed with information. For example, you’ll also hear an interesting pro-life audio clip from Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a quote from an abortion survivor from 1977, new information pertaining to the Protect Life Rule and Title X funding, pro-abortion legislation news out of Illinois and New Mexico, some states that have pro-life/heartbeat bills, remarks from Alexandria Ocasio Cortez concerning the bringing of children into the world, end-of-life legislation in Maryland and much more including the views of Crosstalk listeners.
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