Republican Members of Congress (MoCs) are continuing their radical attacks on reproductive rights by moving forward with a bill that blocks access to abortion services after 20 weeks. The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on October 3, 2017, and the Senate is expected to bring it up for a vote in February.
This bill would ban all abortions starting twenty weeks into a pregnancy by making it a crime for a physician to perform an abortion if the pregnancy is 20 or more weeks along. Anti-abortion activists claim that 20 weeks is the time at which a fetus begins to feel pain, but this position is based on an incorrect and misleading reading of the available evidence on fetal development. If passed, this bill will result in reduced access to safe abortion services for millions of women.
This bill (S. 1922 in the Senate) is a horrifying, extreme attack on reproductive health and a woman’s right to choose. Tell your Senator to stand up for women and families, and oppose the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT
SENATOR SUPPORTS BILL
Caller: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m from [part of state]. I’m calling to ask that [Senator] to oppose S.1922, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Staffer: Thanks for calling. Unfortunately, the Senator disagrees with you. He/she strongly supports the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Caller: I am sorry to hear that. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would block access to safe abortions for millions of women. It is a vicious attack on the rights of women and families. How can [Senator] condone/support such a radical policy position?
Staffer: I’m not sure, but I can pass on your thoughts.
Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let [Senator] that [his/her] constituents think this bill is unacceptable and extreme.
SENATOR OPPOSES BILL
Caller: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m from [part of state]. I’m calling to ask [MoC] to oppose S.1922, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Staffer: Thanks for calling. The Senator couldn’t agree with you more. He/she strongly opposes the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Caller: Great, I’m glad to hear that. We must maintain access to safe and affordable abortions for all women in [part of state]. I appreciate [MoC]’s support.
Staffer: Thanks. I can pass your thoughts on to the [MoC].
Caller: Thank you very much and thank you for your support.