Continuing the bold pro-life direction of the party committee under chairman Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution Friday supporting legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The RNC resolution comes ahead of Tuesday’s one year anniversary of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder conviction — which pro-life activists say prompted a series of 20-week abortion bans at the state level.
“The Republican Party is proudly pro-life and this resolution shows our support for this straightforward, simple pro-life initiative,” resolution sponsor RNC Committeewoman Ellen Barrosse of Delaware said in a statement Friday.
“Children capable of feeling intense pain, as well as their mothers, should be protected from abortion at such a very late stage of gestation,” Barrosse added.
Last June the House passed a 20-week abortion ban by a vote of 228-196.
In the Senate, 33 Republicans signed a letter urging Democratic Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to bring up a version of the legislation sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
“It is time that Congress acts to bring the United States out of the fringe when it comes to late term abortions,” New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who circulated the Dear Colleague letter, said in a statement at the time. “I urge Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would bring us closer to international norms and the views of the American people.”
Also Friday, the crowd funded movie about Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” reached its $2.1 million goal on Indiegogo.
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