The Suzy B Blog
May 27, 2014
TIME Magazine - Saving Preemies
The remarkably pro-life June 2014 TIME cover story, "Saving Preemies," details the incredible advances in medical care that have pushed the limits of viability out of the womb to as young as 22 weeks.
TIME editor Nancy Gibbs appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss the article. The panel celebrated these tiny miracles... but did any of them admit these same babies could be aborted if they were still in the womb?
TIME Magazine - Jeffrey Kluger - May 22, 2014
Start of the journey: David Joyce was born at 29 weeks.At 13 days old, he weighed less than 3 lb. (1.4 kg) - Elinor Carucci for TIME
Dedicated caregivers are helping the tiniest babies survive—and thrive
It’s a safe bet that David Joyce knows more than you did when you were his birth age. That’s not hard, since what you knew back then was pretty much nothing at all. You knew warmth, you knew darkness, you knew a sublime, drifting peace. You had been conceived 29 weeks earlier, and if you were like most people, you had 11 weeks to go before you reached your fully formed 40. It was only then that you’d emerge into the storm of stimuli that is the world.
No such luck for David. He was born Jan. 28—well shy of his April 16 due date—in an emergency cesarean section after his mother had begun bleeding heavily. He weighed…
The pro-life House acted to protect babies from abortion beginning at 20 weeks, passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Stand with your SBA List to call on Harry Reid to bring up this life-saving bill for a vote in the Senate!
Tags: fetal pain, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, premature birth
May 23, 2014
NYT - With New Bill, Abortion Limits Spread in South
BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana State Legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that could force three of the state’s five abortion clinics to close, echoing rules passed in Alabama, Mississippi and Texas and raising the possibility of drastically reduced access to abortion across a broad stretch of the South.
The new rules passed by Republican legislatures require that doctors performing abortions must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, a provision likely to shut down many abortion clinics across the region...
A new POLITICO poll released on Monday (May 19), show that 80% of voters in critical election states support pro-life limits on abortion, such as laws to protect women and bans on late abortion. Democrat and Republican voters alike want common-sense legislation and 70% say a candidate's abortion stance is "important" to their vote.
Louisiana, one of SBA List's key 2014 election states, re-emphasized that these critical voters are pro-life and pro-woman. After passing the Louisiana state Senate, HB388 passed the House by an overwhelming margin - 88 to 5.
Democrats and Republicans worked together to introduce, pass, and celebrate this legislation that would ensure doctors who perform abortions have hospital admitting privileges and proper licensing.
This bipartisan effort in Louisiana, and American voters' support for legislation makes perfect sense. Because when it comes to protecting women from injury and babies at 5 months of pregnancy who feel pain - we can all agree.
Tags: abortion clinic regulations, louisiana, victory
May 14, 2014
Senators and Pro-Life Advocates Call for Senate Vote on 20-Week Bill
On May 13, 2014, one year after Kermit Gosnell was convicted for the murder of three infants and manslaughter of refugee mother Karnamaya Mongar, Senator Lindsey Graham called for Harry Reid to stand with him for Gosnell's victims. Senator Graham asked Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (also known as the 20-week abortion limit) up for a vote.
Self-described pro-life Harry Reid stubbornly refused, but the day didn't end there.
Our own Marjorie Dannenfelser led a press conference with the bill's sponsor, Sen. Graham, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and distinguished heads of other pro-life organizations including NRLC, AUL, FRC, CWA, and Catholic Association to continue the call for a vote.
At the press conference on Capitol Hill, Sen. Graham focused on the United States' extreme abortion policy, quoting the Charlotte Lozier Institute's research: “In the entire world, there are seven countries that allow elective abortions at the 20-week period and beyond. My goal is to make sure when this is over, there are six.”
Marjorie reminded the Senate that they can not ignore legislation that saves babies' lives after 20 weeks and claim to represent the American people:
This legislation, which according to five major national polls is supported by the majority of Americans, would protect babies and women from the horrific violence of abortion beyond 20 weeks.
According to WebMD, at 20 weeks, the unborn child in the womb measures about 5 to 6 inches and weighs about 9 ounces. The baby can hear sounds – including his mother’s voice, heart and even her growling stomach if she’s hungry!
At abortion clinics nationwide, however, children at this stage are not being treated like the unique human beings with inherent dignity that they are.
Minority Leader McConnell's support of the 20-week bill makes it clear that this life-saving legislation is high priority for Republicans.
"Regardless of where you stand on the broader issue," he said, "We should all agree that unborn children should be protected at least from the point that they’re capable of feeling pain."
Join SBA List and make your voice heard! Urge your U.S. Senators to demand a vote on this historic legislation that will protect pain-capable unborn children from gruesome late abortions.Read More
Tags: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act